Dr Mike Dickison reports from the beehive New Zealand has too many bees. This seems a strange thing to say, with protestors worldwide demanding that we Save the Bees. After all, if all the bees died, wouldn't humanity shortly follow? No, we wouldn't, but tomatoes and almonds would be a lot more expensive. Honeybees and bumblebees are needed for some crops, but in New Zealand about half our pollination is done by moths, flies, and native bees.
Peter Dearden describes honey bees as the most important insects on Earth because of the role they play as pollinators. But bees are in trouble worldwide. In New Zealand, the main threat is the varroa mite, which has decimated feral bee colonies throughout the country, but bees are also unintentional targets of the chemicals we use to control insect pests that can damage crops.
Chris Pook, a fellow of Liggins Institute, the organisation behind the study, told TVNZ1’s Breakfast traces of neonicotinoids have been found in soil at sites across the North Island, tested after local beekeepers had reported unexplained losses of hives. Tests revealed that, in 43 out of 45 samples, concentrations of neonicotinoid residues exceeded the environmental exposure limit set by the New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency (NZEPA).
For the past 3 years Avalon intermediate has had an apiscope in their classroom – a glass beehive where children can observe the bees and learn about the very important jobs they have. It’s part of a research project by Massey University who wanted to see how the apiscope could engage learners, connecting art and science in the classroom. Avalon intermediate have been working with them to make an album, music videos, and a documentary about the honey bees that live in their classroom.
A flower map to help NZ beekeepers - RNZ PODCAST Oct 2018 Iwi and industry groups are coming together to study the honey-producing potential of New Zealand’s native vegetation. Together, they are building something called a Honey Landscape Map. The map will be a real time model of the nectar and pollen being produced in native forests and scrubland ...
How better tests and legal deterrence could clean up the sticky mess left behind by fake honey row - CONVERSATION ARTICLE. Last week’s fake honey scandal, involving Australia’s largest honey producer Capilano, prompted calls for better purity tests and regulation of the industry. Tests by Germany’s Quality Services International allegedly showed that some of Capilano’s product, marketed as 100% honey sourced from Australia and China, had been adulterated with cheaper syrups.
ARTICLE - Poisonous animals in New Zealand - NZ has a very small number of poisonous animals. These animals are also called ‘venomous’ as their toxins (venoms) need to be injected by a bite (for example, spiders) or sting (for example, wasps) to cause their effect. Deaths are rare, but appropriate treatment should be given when people have been exposed to toxins to ensure a satisfactory outcome for the patient.