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Diversity of bees in blueberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 30, 2015

“Honey bees are nice, but a farm that also has bumble bees, carpenter bees, and many small specialist bee species working their blueberry bushes gets more fruit. Farmers gain an estimated $311 per acre of fruit for each additional bee group foraging in their fields. ”

Source:http://www.wired.com/2014/05/native-bees-increase-blueberry-crop-yields/

 

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Honeybees sipping blueberry juice

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 8, 2013

Spotted wing fruit flies have punctured a hole in bluecrop blueberries. The honeybees use this entrance to gather blueberry juice.

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Blueberries and heart health

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 18, 2013

” Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack by as much as one-third, researchers reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.”

Read the entire article here:http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2013/01/18/american-heart-association-reports-strawberries-blueberries-may-cut-heart-attack-risk-in-women/

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Bees and blueberry pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 24, 2011

The Mason bee (top left) has loaded up with blueberry pollen. The Sweat bee (bottom left) was captured right inside a blueberry blossom and the picture shows a lot of pollen.The honeybee (top right) comes from a colony where bees specialize in productive pollen sources. (It’s hard to gather pollen from blueberries.) The bumblebee comes to the blueberries after gathering pollen elsewhere (bottom right).

creamy white blueberry pollen

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Protecting your health with “purple fruits”

Posted by blueberrytalk on December 8, 2010

Ground-breaking research from Professor Douglas Kell, published in the journal Archives of Toxicology, has found that the majority of debilitating illnesses are in part caused by poorly-bound iron which causes the production of dangerous toxins that can react with the components of living systems.

These toxins, called hydroxyl radicals, cause degenerative diseases of many kinds in different parts of the body.

In order to protect the body from these dangerous varieties of poorly-bound iron, it is vital to take on nutrients, known as iron chelators, which can bind the iron tightly.

Brightly-coloured fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of chelators, as is green tea, with purple fruits considered to have the best chance of binding the iron effectively.

However, despite conflicting reports, the widely-publicised benefits of red wine seem to work in a different way, and have no similar benefits, Professor Kell’s paper noted.
SOURCE:http://www.sciencecentric.com/news/10120807-see-off-alzheimer-with-the-colour-purple.html

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Blueberries, Diabetes and Blood Pressure

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 29, 2010

More reasons to eat blueberries!

A newly published research study has found that including regular servings of blueberries in your diet can have a positive impact on people at risk for Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes.

Published in the October issue of The Journal of Nutrition, [the] study found that daily consumption of blueberries helped people with a high risk for Type 2 diabetes reduce that risk.   After drinking two blueberry smoothies a day for six weeks, participants’  insulin sensitivity increased –  a key factor in preventing Type 2 diabetes.  The reduced risk for diabetes was observed in both men and women, according to the study.

That’s not the only study that has recently discovered a health beneft from blueberries.  A team of researchers at Oklahoma State University recently found that consuming  blueberries every day  can help reduce some heart risk factors, such as high blood pressure.

In the eight-week study, one group of patients drank a beverage made from two cups of blended frozen blueberries once a day — and continued to eat a normal diet. Another group of patients drank an equivalent amount of fluids and ate their standard diet.

After eight weeks, Basu said, researchers saw a seven- to eight-point drop in the systolic blood pressure of patients who had been drinking the blueberry beverage.

Source:http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/health/2010/09/20/eat-your-blueberries-they-may-cut-risk-of-diabetes-and-high-blood-pressure/

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Late rhododendrons and bumblebees

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 27, 2010

The rhododendrons have been blooming since March but now that worker bumblebees are out foraging the rhododendrons are abuzz with bumblebees. Some honeybees are on the rhodies looking for pollen.

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Release of Mason bees intensifies

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 20, 2010

Mason bees have been coming out of their cocoons for some time now but recent warmth has caused a surge of released bees. This is in perfect timing with the opening of blueberry blossoms. 

mason bee cocoons

 Mason bees are cool. They no sooner emerge than our video shows them mating!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUobtg7AYVo

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Celebrity goat endorses blueberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 1, 2010

Willow, the Nigerian dwarf goat, has made a couple of public appearances where she was recognized as a celebrity. Blueberries are her favorite food.

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Mulcher makes short work of blueberry plants

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 19, 2010

It took just a few hours for  this mulcher to chop up an acre of blueberry plants to make room for a new variety – Draper.

Mulcher

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