Situations beyond my control have pulled me away for a while.
During this time however, it has been wonderful to see some awakening and desire to deal with what we are going to leave our children as an environmental inheritance.
I recently attended, and look forward to continue the engagement,a Rogue Valley event presented by SOCAN concerning climate and environmental issues forseen by climate change affecting our valley. Most importantly, ideas and concepts that could B applied/utilized to combat oncoming climate change. Great gathering. Beautiful to see a large group together with the same thing in mind. Trying to save/build our own local environmental community and economy.
I submitted the Upper Rogue Pollinator Project to the Agricultural group at the summit meeting.
Repeatedly, different issues we are trying to deal with came up that the project addresses. The project has yet to be engaged in and of itself with this group or SOCAN as a whole. However aspects of it have been acknowledged. I am looking forward to the hoped for group discussion of it.
Recently I was recontacted from one of the world leaders of Entomology. He sent me another success story about Sainfoin. He has been in the background since I developed the project and is very familiar with it.
This last year over 60 million dollars has been invested into solving issues our pollinators are having. To date, there is only one major national project focused on the environmental side of restoring pollinator habitat. This is a ZERCES project backed by different sectors of our government.
Responding to the Sainfoin story, I asked the professor the following 2 questions concerning the ZERCES project.
1. Is this project creating new long term jobs?
2. Is it creating a positive economic impact for the communities where it is currently being applied?
We have already discussed that their project is not self-sustaining with its own economic engine…
The response was ‘no’, ‘however its good for the environment’.
ZERCES was one of the first I approached searching financial/intellectual backing on the U.R.P.P. They received a copy of the project well before they came out with their current one…
They have never responded to communicate with me.
Although the thanks and appreciation can found elsewhere on this site, I wish to give them again for the information I received from Dr. Irene Mueller Harvey, Director of the department involved with Sainfoin, at the University of Reading UK. To my knowledge the worlds leader of knowledge concerning Sainfoin. Who contacted me after recieving another version of the U.R.P.P.(in france).
In regards to the SOCAN initiative I hope that effort will be applied to learn about this plant. More importantly the vast benefits it provides.
In addition, though not directly tied into the U.R.P.P., that the SOCAN group will research Viktor Shauberger and the knowledge he brought to humanity concerning water. The Germans have made wondrous advances utilizing his technology. Water is out of my personal expertise, however I feel there is a lot to be learned that can be applied and utilized in regards to our local valleys water issues.
I have been invited by Dr. Bradbear, Director of Bees for Development, to submit a 600 word article on my project in their world journal. I hope to submit it soon, once back in France.
Meanwhile, my interest in truth has led me to a once in a life time event/opportunity. In Egypt. A special tour being put on by the Esoteric School of Khemtology. Many at the forefront of knowledge concerning ancient Civilization/Technology will be there. I will ‘B’ researching different aspects of the ancients reverence/knowledge/utilization of, the Honey Bee. Besides the other stuff!!!
On the B side of things. The complex nature of our universe continues. Below, my thanks again to ABJ for permission to share their info, a recent article on this fact.
• American Bee Journal
• Oct 21 at 6:02 AM
October 21, 2015
Bees to Scientists: ‘We’re More Complicated Than You Think’
The researchers demonstrated that social insects, including bees, ants and wasps, are
more complex than previously was thought. Credit: Nick Sloff, Penn State
Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and Tel Aviv University, whose results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species.
“While the hypothesis that many social insect lineages all use the same chemical signals — known as pheromones — was fascinating, we were skeptical that such complex behaviors could be regulated by a simple, common mechanism across such very different species,” said Etya Amsalem, postdoctoral fellow in entomology, Penn State. “It seems more likely that pheromones evolved uniquely in different species, as these species experienced different environments and different social pressures.”
The results appear in today’s (Oct 21) issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
According to Amsalem, in January 2014, a study was published suggesting that the chemical signals produced by queens from a variety of species, including bumblebees, ants and wasps, are very similar. The paper posited that this common group of chemicals is responsible for inhibiting reproduction in workers across these different species.
“One of the most fascinating behaviors in social insects is that most of the females in a colony (the workers) do not lay their own eggs, and instead help rear the eggs produced by their mother (the queen),” said Amsalem. “In some species, it is known that the queen produces pheromones, to inhibit the workers from reproducing.”
The previous study examined the ovaries of worker bumblebees in the presence of putative queen pheromones to see if they were active — producing eggs — inactive, or regressed. Regressed ovaries are those in which the developing eggs have absorbed back into the tissue.
The researchers found that exposure to a putative queen pheromone, c25, caused increased levels of ovary regression, but had no other effects,” said Amsalem.
Amsalem and her colleagues — which include Christina Grozinger, professor and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State — decided to conduct their own study to see if c25 and two closely related chemicals, c23 and c27, inhibit worker reproduction using a North American species of bumblebee — Bombus impatiens. They examined the workers’ ovaries, evaluated the size of the developing eggs in the ovaries to determine if they were mature and ready to lay, and monitored the numbers of eggs laid by the workers and how long it took for workers to lay eggs.
“We found no effect of exposure to any of the chemicals on the size of the developing eggs, the number of eggs laid or how long it took for the bees to lay eggs,” Grozinger said. “Interestingly, we did find that all three chemicals increased the rates of ovary regression. However, ovary regression was positively correlated with time to egg laying. The earlier the workers laid eggs, the more bees showed ovary regression by the end of the experiment. We conclude that ovary regression is likely more a measure of active egg production than evidence for inhibition of egg production.” According to Grozinger, overall the results demonstrate that these chemicals do not inhibit ovarian activation in workers.
The researchers said that their team’s study contributes to a larger debate concerning how pheromonal signals might evolve and how social behavior is maintained. It also contributes to the debate about which measures should be used to investigate queen bee effects on worker reproduction.
“We have learned that pheromone biology is not as simple as was once believed,” Grozinger said. “It is not accurate to conclude that worker reproduction is regulated by a simple, common mechanism across different species. Instead, these pheromones likely evolved uniquely in different species. Beyond these chemicals, there may be many more complex and species-specific signals being used by social insects that are yet to be discovered.”
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