Bees

Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

BACKGROUND: In the 1990s, a study was performed on the effects of highly diluted thyroxine on frog metamorphosis. This model represented one of the most discussed examples of the biological effects of high dilutions over the next two decades. In 2010, another critical conceptual review of the use of animal models in homeopathy and high-dilution research was published.

Author(s): 
Bonamin, Leoni Villano
Cardoso, Thayná Neves
de Carvalho, Aloísio Cunha
Amaral, Juliana Gimenez
Publication Title: 
Chemistry & Biodiversity

Plant-based repellent formulations for honeybees play an important role in the bee management. For this purpose, the essential oil of an Indian medicinal plant, Terminalia chebula, commonly known as Myrobalan, was isolated for the first time. Hitherto unknown chemical constituents of the essential oil were determined by GC/MS. The repellent activity of formulations of the essential oil, tested towards the Indian honeybee Apis florea, was found to be dose dependent.

Author(s): 
Naik, Dattatraya G.
Puntambekar, Hemalata
Anantpure, Priyanka
Publication Title: 
Experimental Gerontology

DNA methylation patterns change as individuals grow older, and DNA methylation appears susceptible to modification by the diet. Thus DNA methylation may be a mechanism through which diet can affect aging and longevity. We propose that effects on DNA methylation also contribute to the extension in lifespan observed in response to dietary restriction. Relationships between diet-induced changes in DNA methylation and parallel effects on aging and/or lifespan could, of course, be purely associative.

Author(s): 
Ford, Dianne
Publication Title: 
Experimental Gerontology

DNA methylation patterns change as individuals grow older, and DNA methylation appears susceptible to modification by the diet. Thus DNA methylation may be a mechanism through which diet can affect aging and longevity. We propose that effects on DNA methylation also contribute to the extension in lifespan observed in response to dietary restriction. Relationships between diet-induced changes in DNA methylation and parallel effects on aging and/or lifespan could, of course, be purely associative.

Author(s): 
Ford, Dianne
Publication Title: 
PLoS pathogens

A new generation of strategies is evolving that aim to block malaria transmission by employing genetically modified vectors or mosquito pathogens or symbionts that express anti-parasite molecules. Whilst transgenic technologies have advanced rapidly, there is still a paucity of effector molecules with potent anti-malaria activity whose expression does not cause detrimental effects on mosquito fitness. Our objective was to examine a wide range of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) for their toxic effects on Plasmodium and anopheline mosquitoes.

Author(s): 
Carter, Victoria
Underhill, Ann
Baber, Ibrahima
Sylla, Lakamy
Baby, Mounirou
Larget-Thiery, Isabelle
Zettor, AgnËs
Bourgouin, Catherine
Langel, Ulo
Faye, Ingrid
Otvos, Laszlo
Wade, John D.
Coulibaly, Mamadou B.
Traoré, Sekou F.
Tripet, Frederic
Eggleston, Paul
Hurd, Hilary
Publication Title: 
Experimental Gerontology

DNA methylation patterns change as individuals grow older, and DNA methylation appears susceptible to modification by the diet. Thus DNA methylation may be a mechanism through which diet can affect aging and longevity. We propose that effects on DNA methylation also contribute to the extension in lifespan observed in response to dietary restriction. Relationships between diet-induced changes in DNA methylation and parallel effects on aging and/or lifespan could, of course, be purely associative.

Author(s): 
Ford, Dianne
Publication Title: 
Aging

Our interest in healthy aging and in evolutionarily conserved mechanisms of lifespan extension prompted us to investigate whether features of age-related decline in the honey bee could be attenuated with resveratrol. Resveratrol is regarded as a caloric restriction mimetic known to extend lifespan in some but not all model species. The current, prevailing view is that resveratrol works largely by activating signaling pathways. It has also been suggested that resveratrol may act as an antioxidant and confer protection against nervous system impairment and oxidative stress.

Author(s): 
RascÛn, Brenda
Hubbard, Basil P.
Sinclair, David A.
Amdam, Gro V.
Publication Title: 
Zoology (Jena, Germany)

Currently, there is concern about declining bee populations and the sustainability of pollination services. One potential threat to bees is the unintended impact of systemic insecticides, which are ingested by bees in the nectar and pollen from flowers of treated crops. To establish whether imidacloprid, a systemic neonicotinoid and insect neurotoxin, harms individual bees when ingested at environmentally realistic levels, we exposed adult worker bumble bees, Bombus terrestris L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae), and honey bees, Apis mellifera L.

Author(s): 
Cresswell, James E.
Page, Christopher J.
Uygun, Mehmet B.
Holmbergh, Marie
Li, Yueru
Wheeler, Jonathan G.
Laycock, Ian
Pook, Christopher J.
de Ibarra, Natalie Hempel
Smirnoff, Nick
Tyler, Charles R.
Publication Title: 
Journal De Gynécologie, Obstétrique Et Biologie De La Reproduction

Dopaminergic agonists, such as Parlodel((R)), are now widely used to inhibit lactation. However, some countries, such as the United States, no longer use these drugs in this indication because of their sometimes serious adverse effects. In this context, the authors tested a homeopathic treatment designed for parturients unable or not wanting to breastfeed. The APIS MELLIFICA 9 CH and BRYONIA 9 CH combination was chosen for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. 71 patients were included in this double-blind placebo-controlled study.

Author(s): 
Berrebi, A.
Parant, O.
Ferval, F.
Thene, M.
Ayoubi, J. M.
Connan, L.
Belon, P.
Publication Title: 
Psychological Reports

This paper attempts to stimulate the psychological investigation of homeopathy and serially agitated dilutions. The history of homeopathy and serial dilutions is provided in a literature review of selected research areas. Two original illustrative experiments are also presented and discussed. The first examined the effect of serially agitated dilutions of Sevin on the mortality rate of honey bees (Apis mellifera). In a second experiment, the effect of serially agitated dilutions of sucrose on proboscis extension in honey bees was assessed.

Author(s): 
Nolf, Sondra L.
Craig, David Philip Arthur
Abramson, Charles I.

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