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Jazz is Music to His Ears, But So Are the Bees

Posted On: December 5, 2016

Kathy Keatley Garvey UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology He’s been beekeeping and playing the clarinet for 69 years. Meet Norman Gary, a UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology who retired in 1994 after a 32-year academic career.  As an apiculturist and researcher, he authored scores of peer-reviewed publications, and most recently wrote a how-to-book, Continue Reading »

Bees Use Multiple Cues in Hunt for Pollen

Posted On: November 8, 2016

University of Exeter   Bees use a variety of senses and memory of previous experiences when deciding where to forage for pollen, research by the University of Exeter suggests. The researchers believe pollen-collecting bees do not base their foraging decisions on taste alone, but instead make an “overall sensory assessment” of their experience at a Continue Reading »

Hawaiian Study Highlights a New Threat to Bees Worldwide

Posted On: November 3, 2016

Earlham Institute, Norwich, England   Particularly under threat are honey bees, which are as vital to our food systems as the crops they pollinate, and which are prone to a range of emergent diseases including Moku and Deformed wing virus (DWV). The Moku virus was identified on Moku Island in Hawaii through a collaboration of Continue Reading »

When Bees Are Buzzed, Their Behavior Changes

Posted On: October 5, 2016

When bumblebees experience rewarding stimuli, they enter a positive emotional state similar to optimism in humans, a new study reveals. The results suggest that insects may have emotion-like states, a research area that has been the subject of much inquiry in recent years. Here, Clint Perry and colleagues turned their attention to the “happiness” of Continue Reading »

Seek and You Shall Find — Bees Remain Excellent Searchers Even When Ill

Posted On: September 14, 2016

Queen Mary University of London   Honey bees are hardwired to efficiently search the landscape enabling them to continue working for the greater good of their hives even when they are sick, according to new research co-authored by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Radar technology has been used to show for the first time Continue Reading »

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: USU Biologists Unearth Sandstone-excavating Bees

Posted On: September 14, 2016

Utah State University scientists publish new findings in ‘Current Biology’ Utah State University LOGAN, UTAH, USA – In the popular nursery story The Three Little Pigs, the prudent porker who builds his house of brick is chided by his pals, who choose much easier ways to construct their respective abodes. Only later in the cautionary Continue Reading »

Insecticide Hurts Queen Bees’ Egg-laying Abilities

Posted On: September 14, 2016

U. of Nebraska research shows nicotine-based pesticide may have dramatic consequences for colonies University of Nebraska-Lincoln The world’s best-selling insecticide may impair the ability of a queen honey bee and her subjects to maintain a healthy colony, says new research led by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln entomologist. The research examined the effects of imidacloprid, which Continue Reading »

Virus Attracts Bumblebees to Infected Plants by Changing Scent

Posted On: August 12, 2016

University of Cambridge Plant scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that the cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) alters gene expression in the tomato plants it infects, causing changes to air-borne chemicals – the scent – emitted by the plants. Bees can smell these subtle changes, and glasshouse experiments have shown that bumblebees prefer infected Continue Reading »

Pesticides Used to Help Bees May Actually Harm Them

Posted On: August 9, 2016

Pesticides beekeepers are using to improve honey bee health may actually be harming the bees by damaging the bacteria communities in their guts, according to a team led by a Virginia Tech scientist. The discovery, published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, is a concern because alterations can affect the gut’s ability to metabolize sugars Continue Reading »

Researchers Identify How Queen Bees Repress Workers’ Fertility

Posted On: August 4, 2016

University of Otago  Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago have discovered the molecular mechanism by which queen honey bees carefully control worker bees’ fertility. It has long been known that worker bees have a very limited ability to reproduce in a hive with a queen and brood present, but in their absence, a third Continue Reading »

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