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European Commission Lifts Ban on Import of Indian Honey

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Pune, July 13, 2012: The European Economic Commission (EEC) has lifted the ban on import of Indian honey, with effect from November 1, 2011. The ban was in place for about 18 months and its lifting is a consequence of deliberations between the officials of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India (MoC) and inspection by a team of the EEC officials, after the MoC rectified the shortcomings and submitted a revised residue plan to the Commission.

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Honey Bees Can Reverse Brain Aging - Arizona University Study

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Pune, July 5, 2012 (Thanks to Arun Subramanian, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA for the news alert): "Many animals are characterized by declining brain function at advanced ages, including honeybees (Apis mellifera),"say the authors of a research article* in an online edition of the journal Experimental Gerontology dated May 21, 2012. "Variation in honeybee social development, moreover," the authors continue, "results in individual differences in the progression of aging that may be accelerated, delayed, and sometimes reversed by changes in behavior.

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Honey Bees, Honey Production and Horticulture in Himachal Pradesh

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Chennai, June 11, 2012 (Thanks to Dr. K.K. Kshirsagar, Pune for the news alert): In a news story in The Financial Express dated June 8, 2012, Ashwani Sharma says that there are over 85,000 families in Himachal Pradesh engaged in beekeeping and the state produces 1600 tonnes of honey annually. The state is becoming the biggest producer of Himalayan honey.

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Cruiser OSR Pesticide Used for Rapeseed to be Banned in France

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Chennai, June 3, 2012: A Reuters report in Yahoo News dated June 1, 2012 says that France is going to ban the pesticide Cruiser OSR, used in that country to treat rapeseed crop. France's decision to withdraw permit to Syngenta, a Swiss agro-chemical group, based on a recent study that showed thiamethoxam, a chemical component in Cruiser OSR coould harm honey bee colonies. Syngenta is given a two-week period to submit its evidence on the safety of the pesticide to honey bees.

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CAPE from Propolis Can Prevent Proliferation of Prostate and Other Cancer Cells

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Pune, May 12, 2012:scraping propolis from hive sides In an article dated February 16, 2011 on benefits of propolis, Rave Uno notes that use of propolis had been prescribed as a natural remedy, and recommended to treat small wounds, oral sores, skin burns and as mouthwash. Propolis is nowadays being investigated for reducing blood pressure and as a possible treatment for cancer. In their study1 on anti-tumor effects of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) derived from propolis on human breast cancer growth, researchers at the NYU School of Medicine, New York, USA have shown that CAPE inhibits cancer growth by inducing cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and reducing expression of growth and transcription factors and angiogenesis.

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