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Parasitized Bees are Self-medicating in the Wild, Dartmouth-led Study Finds

Posted On: September 2, 2015

Dartmouth College A Dartmouth-led study finds that bumblebees infected with a common intestinal parasite are drawn to flowers whose nectar and pollen have a medicinal effect, suggesting that plant chemistry could help combat the decline of bee species. Credit: Leif Richardson HANOVER, N.H. – Bumblebees infected with a common intestinal parasite are drawn to flowers Continue Reading »

Flowers Can Endanger Bees

Posted On: August 5, 2015

Study by UC Riverside entomologist and colleagues shows flowers serve as parasite-dispersing hubs University of California – Riverside Photo shows a honey bee (Apis mellifera) and a bumblebee (Bombus spp.) foraging on a purple coneflower. Credit: Kathy Keatley Garvey, UC Davis.   RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Despite their beauty, flowers can pose a grave danger to Continue Reading »

How Bees Naturally Vaccinate Their Babies

Posted On: July 31, 2015

Researchers discover process bees use to protect their offspring Arizona State University With the discovery of how bees naturally vaccinate their babies, researchers can now develop the first vaccine for insects. This vaccine could be used to fight serious diseases  that decimate beehives. This is an important development for food production. Credit: Christofer Bang   Continue Reading »

Pesticides Found in Most Pollen Collected from Foraging Bees in Massachusetts

Posted On: July 24, 2015

Boston, MA — More than 70% of pollen and honey samples collected from foraging bees in Massachusetts contain at least one neonicotinoid, a class of pesticide that has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which adult bees abandon their hives during winter, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Continue Reading »

Tagged Bees Causing a Buzz in Disease Research

Posted On: July 15, 2015

James Cook University James Cook University researchers are creating a buzz in bee research, gluing tiny transmitters to the backs of the insects for the first time. Lead researcher, JCU’s Dr Lori Lach, said the team glued Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) chips to the backs of 960 bees, providing new insights into how disease affects the Continue Reading »

Examining the Neonicotinoid Threat to Honey Bees

Posted On: July 9, 2015

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY The decline of honey bees has been a major concern globally for the past decade. One of the factors that could be contributing to the decline is the use of insecticides — specifically neonicotinoids — that persist in rivers and streams. Researchers now report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Continue Reading »

Surprisingly Few ‘Busy Bees’ Make Global Crops Grow

Posted On: June 17, 2015

University of Vermont A major international study finds that surprisingly few bee species are responsible for pollinating the world’s crops. The paper, published in Nature Communications, suggests that only two percent of wild bee species pollinate 80 percent of bee-pollinated crops worldwide. The study is one of the largest on bee pollination to date. While Continue Reading »

EPA’s Proposal to Protect Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticides – Public Webinar and Comment Period Extension

Posted On: June 12, 2015

EPA is hosting a public webinar that will provide background information and additional details about its proposed plan to prohibit the use of all highly toxic pesticides when crops are in bloom and bees are present under contract for pollination services. The plan also recommends that states and tribes develop pollinator protections plans and best Continue Reading »

EPA Takes Strong Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides

Posted On: May 28, 2015

Proposed restrictions will prohibit use where bees are present for commercial pollination To further support President Obama’s Federal Pollinator Strategy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing additional restrictions on the use of acutely toxic pesticides during times when bees are most likely to be present. Applications of acutely toxic pesticides would be prohibited when Continue Reading »

Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 40 Percent of Their Bees in 2014-15

Posted On: May 15, 2015

Summer losses eclipse winter losses for the first time on record UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND Beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2014 to April 2015, according to the latest results of an annual nationwide survey. While winter loss rates improved slightly compared Continue Reading »

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