NDA addresses Nevada honey bees and other pollinators

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Updated: 8/11/2014 1:44 pm
SPARKS, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is holding a press conference Monday to discuss the status of honey bees and other pollinators in Nevada. State Entomologist Jeff Knight will provide evidence-based information on the status of Nevada’s bee populations.

There have been no major losses of bee colonies in Nevada, and some evidence suggests there is even an increase in honey bee colonies -- more than ever before, according a NDA press release. The biggest threat to honey bees in Nevada is the Africanized honey bee in southern Nevada. Research shows that stressed colonies, along with the Varroa mite and other parasites, are documented as contributing to colony die-offs. Colonies can become stressed when being transporting over long distances.

The conference will take place at the Nevada Department of Agriculture in Sparks Monday afternoon. Because the NDA has received inquiries recently regarding honey bees and potential threats to honey bee populations, they will identify their role in honey bee protection efforts, as well as clarify issues surrounding honey bees and other Nevada pollinators.

For more more information, contact Jeff Knight at 775-353-3767.

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