A deeply divided European Union will go ahead with a ban on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam – blamed by critics for the decline in honey bee number. The decision was a blow to the two chemical companies -- Bayer of Germany and Switzerland's Syngenta -- which turn profits from the products they say are not to blame for the sharp decline in the bee population. <!--break--> Both Bayer and Sygenta, the top player in the global agrichemical market, reject as flawed the findings of studies saying their products are to blame for falling bee
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Gretchen Wheen died on 7 January 2012 after a lifetime devoted to beekeeping, queen rearing and stock improvement. Gretchen gifted her estate to the Wheen Bee Foundation which supports research, development and public awareness of the importance of beekeeping to food security.
A one-day seminar is planned for early March 2013 at Richmond to celebrate the life of Gretchen. Its theme will be “The Future of Honeybee Stock Improvement”. Some outstanding speakers from Australia and overseas have been invited to speak.
The seminar will be followed by the sale of select queens from stock