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World Bee Day is observed on 20 May each year to draw attention to the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy.

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Honey bees are crucial for our ecosystems as pollinators, but the intensive use of plant protection products (PPPs) in agriculture poses a risk for them.

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The increasing loss of pollinators over the last decades has become more and more evident. Intensive use of plant protection products is one key factor contributing to this decline.

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Sustainable agriculture requires balancing crop yields with the effects of pesticides on non-target organisms, such as bees and other crop pollinators.

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A fresh, modern approach with enhanced traceability and more comprehensive tools for detecting  adulteration.

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Lithium has been considered a potential acaricidal agent against the honey bee (Apis mellifera)
parasite Varroa.

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A path for rational discoveries in apitherapy. Scientific based evidence supporting the nutritional, physiological and health claims of bee products.

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Propolis via antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antithrombotic activities could be used as prophylactic or adjuvant COVID-19 treatment.

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Ongoing environmental changes are however leading to pollinator declines that may cause pollen limitation to plants and change the evolutionary pressures shaping plant mating systems.

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Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the “Minefields Honey” project to draw global attention to the issue of de-mining and Ukraine’s new agricultural reality

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Diabetes mellitus remains a burden worldwide in spite of the availability of numerous anti-diabetic drugs. Honey is a natural substance produced by bees from nectar.

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Contrary to the will of citizens and the need to protect bees, European lawmakers are slowly disarming the flagship legislation aiming to reduce pesticides.

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At the beginning of winter 2008-2009, beekeepers from Ariège (South of France) reported worrying death rates in their colonies. They observed more than 4000 dead hives and whole apiaries decimated, leading to a strong suspicion of bee poisoning. .

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