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Starvation as Babies Makes Bees Stronger as Adults

Posted On: March 31, 2016

New insights into colony collapse disorder Arizona State University Tempe, Ariz. – A lack of adequate nutrition is blamed as one of many possible causes for colony collapse disorder or CCD — a mysterious syndrome that causes a honey bee colony to die. Parasites, pesticides, pathogens and environmental changes are also stressors believed responsible for Continue Reading »


57 Different Pesticides Found in Poisoned European Honey Bees

Posted On: March 11, 2016

A new method to detect a wide range of pesticides could help save bee populations Elsevier Amsterdam, February 10, 2016 – European honey bees are being poisoned with up to 57 different pesticides, according to new research published in the Journal of Chromatography A. A new method for detecting a whole range of pesticides in Continue Reading »


Bees ‘Dumb Down’ After Ingesting Tiny Doses of the Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Posted On: March 2, 2016

University of Otago Honey bees suffer severe learning and memory deficits after ingesting very small doses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, potentially threatening their success and survival, new research from New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests. In their study, researchers from the Departments of Zoology and Chemistry collected bees from 51 hives across 17 locations in Continue Reading »


Flowers Tone Down the Iridescence of Their Petals and Avoid Confusing Bees

Posted On: February 25, 2016

University of Cambridge Iridescent flowers are never as dramatically rainbow-coloured as iridescent beetles, birds or fish, but their petals produce the perfect signal for bees, according to a new study published today in Current Biology. Bees buzzing around a garden, looking for nectar, need to be able to spot flower petals and recognise which coloured Continue Reading »


Bees Abuzz Over Rapini

Posted On: February 17, 2016

By Jan Suszkiw (USDA-ARS) Popular in Italy but also grown in the United States, rapini, or broccoli raab, is a turnip-like vegetable featured in the recipes of cable television’s top celebrity chefs. Foodies are not the only fans of rapini. Honey bees love it too, for its bright yellow, pollen-packed flowers. Studies by Agricultural Research Continue Reading »


EPA Opens Public Comment Period on the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

Posted On: January 15, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened the 60-day public comment period for its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, in a Federal Register notice published today. After the comment period ends, the EPA may revise the pollinator assessment based on comments received and, if necessary, take action to reduce risks from the insecticide. Continue Reading »


EPA Releases the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

Posted On: January 7, 2016

First-of-its-kind assessment delivers on President Obama’s National Pollinator Strategy WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the Continue Reading »


Camelina Cover Crops a Boon for Bees

Posted On: November 19, 2015

By Jan Suszkiw November 19, 2015 Camelina is an herbaceous, yellow-flowering member of the mustard family whose oil-rich seed and cold tolerance has piqued the interest of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists for its potential as both a winter cover crop and biodiesel resource. Now, in the process of studying this plant, scientists with Continue Reading »


The First Human Uses of Beeswax Have Been Established in Anatolia in 7000 BCE

Posted On: November 16, 2015

Nature is publishing the article in which the UPV/EHU lecturers Alfonso Alday and the late Lydia Zapata participated University of the Basque Country   Neolithic vessels from Atxoste (Alava, Spain). Credit: A. Alday (UPV/EHU) The current loss of bee populations as a result of pesticides, viruses and parasites has increased awareness about their economic importance Continue Reading »


Ancient Bees Gathered Pollen in 2 Ways

Posted On: November 13, 2015

Cell Press This photo shows isolated pollen from the leg of ancient bee Protobombus messelensi. Credit: Engel and Wappler FIS MeI 6388. Were ancient bees specialists, devoting their pollen-collecting attentions to very specific plant partners? Or were they generalists, buzzing around to collect pollen from a variety of flowers in their midst? Researchers who’ve studied Continue Reading »


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