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Deformed Wing Virus: Honeybees Threatened by a More Virulent Virus

Posted On: July 5, 2016

According to an international research group, a genetic variant of the deformed wing virus (DWV) is more dangerous to honeybees than the original virus strain. The consortium of researchers is based at Freie Universität Berlin and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The emerging variant could represent a threat to honeybees worldwide and is probably already widespread Continue Reading »

USDA Scientists and Beekeepers Swap Colonies to Better Bees

Posted On: June 21, 2016

By Kim Kaplan Agricultural Research Services, USDA BELTSVILLE, Md., June 21, 2016 —The U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Bee Research Laboratory and Geezer Ridge Farm apiary have begun an unusual partnership that may help honey bees take another step up the survival ladder. “Usually with science, researchers finish a study and Continue Reading »

New Study on Grooming Behaviour by Honey Bees Against Varroa

Posted On: June 13, 2016

In a new study, scientists have compared the ability of two strains of honey bees to defend themselves against the parasitic mite varroa by grooming the mites from their bodies. The varroa mite Varroa destructor is generally considered to be the greatest threat to honey bees worldwide because it transmits virus diseases which lead to Continue Reading »

Parasitic Cape Honey Bees Out-Reproduce Other Bees Using a Few Unusual Gene Regions

Posted On: June 13, 2016

Genes related to hormone signaling and sex cell division let worker bees reproduce asexually PLOS Parasitic cape honey bees exploit and overrun other honey bee colonies by triggering changes that let worker bees reproduce. This social parasitism is enabled by differences in several gene regions, including some related to hormone signaling and chromosomal segregation, report Continue Reading »

Honey Bees Pick Up ‘Astonishing’ Number of Pesticides Via Non-crop Plants

Posted On: May 31, 2016

Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A Purdue University study shows that honey bees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season. Christian Krupke, professor Continue Reading »

Dancing Hairs Alert Bees to Floral Electric Fields

Posted On: May 31, 2016

(University of Bristol)   Tiny, vibrating hairs may explain how bumblebees sense and interpret the signals transmitted by flowers, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol. Although it’s known that flowers communicate with pollinators by sending out electric signals, just how bees detects these fields has been a mystery – until Continue Reading »

No Junk-Food Diet: Even in Cities, Bees Find Flowers and Avoid Processed Sugars

Posted On: May 18, 2016

(Courtesy of the North Carolina State News Services) New research from North Carolina State University finds that bees in urban areas stick to a flower-nectar diet, steering clear of processed sugars found in soda and other junk food. “Urban habitats are growing, as is urban beekeeping, and we wanted to see if bee diets in Continue Reading »

Honey Bees More Likely to Regulate Hive’s ‘Thermostat’ During Rapid Temperature Increases

Posted On: May 10, 2016

University of Colorado at Boulder Honey bees use their wings to cool down their hives when temperatures rise, but new University of Colorado Boulder research shows that this intriguing behavior may be linked to both the rate of heating and the size of a honey bee group. The findings, which were recently published in the Continue Reading »

Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Bees in 2015-16

Posted On: May 10, 2016

(Courtesy of the Bee Informed Partnership) Summer losses rival winter losses for the second year running Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of both winter loss and Continue Reading »

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 »

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