Category Archives: Honey Bee

The Honey Bee: Motivations for Research

I will be expanding on the contents discussed in this abstract in future posts Insha’Allah.

The Honeybee: Motivations for Research

By Tauseef Ahmad Khan

Abstract of a Presentation Delivered at the Second MKA Research Association Symposium 2010. Warwick, United Kingdom

Honeybee is one of the most fascinating living creatures on Earth. It is just an insect but unlike others it is completely unique in many ways. This presentation was given to explore the motivations behind doing research on the honeybee. Continue reading

Colony Collapse Disorder – Mystery Solved?

An article I wrote in July 2010

Colony Collapse Disorder – Mystery Solved?

Tauseef Ahmad Khan (PhD Student at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with an interest in honey and honeybees)

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the name given to the mysterious disappearance of honey bee colonies first reported in 2006.(1) It has caused 30-60 percent loss of honey bee colonies in United States, Europe and Asia. CCD induced bee death follows a very particular pattern – hives that had been active and productive one week were suddenly all-but empty the next – except for an abandoned queen and few loyal workers. The rest of the bee community is nowhere to be seen – presumed they fly off in different directions to point of exhaustion and death (perhaps to avoid infecting other bees and colonies). It was recently estimated that if such losses continued then the Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) would disappear from the planet by year 2020. In the western world honey bee is considered extremely important as it is the major pollinator for the modern agricultural industry. Continue reading


[16:69] And thy Lord has inspired the bee, saying, ‘Make thou houses in the hills and in the trees and in the trellises which they build.

[16:70] ‘Then eat of every kind of fruit, and follow the ways of thy Lord that have been made easy for thee.’ There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying hues. Therein is cure for men. Surely, in that is a Sign for a people who reflect.