Monday, December 19, 2005

International Honey News

US: New Antibiotic Approved for Treating Bacterial Honey Bee Disease
Jan Suszkiw, Agricultural Research Service (USDA), 12/19/05

American beekeepers will soon have a new antibiotic with which to protect their colonies from American foulbrood disease, thanks to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) studies that paved the way for the compound's regulatory approval.

TYLAN Soluble (tylosin tartrate), produced by Elanco Animal Health of Greenfield, Ind., was approved for use October 20 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, following the agency's review of research data compiled by scientists with the ARS Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md.

Australia: Leatherwood Honey Under Threat by Logging
Tim Jeanes, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 12/19/05

Leatherwood honey is highly prized by sweet-tooths all over the world. But beekeepers in southern Tasmania are sounding a warning about their unique local product, saying logging of the leatherwood trees that give the honey its distinctive taste is threatening their industry.

Bangladesh: The Lure of Liquid Gold
Paul Watson, Los Angeles Times, 12/19/05

Pushed off their land by shrimp farms, many villagers in southwest Bangladesh turn to hunting for wild honey in a tiger-infested jungle.

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