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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 »

Study: Gene Regulation Underlies the Evolution of Social Complexity in Bees

Posted On: May 15, 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign A new study offers insights into the genetic changes that accompany the evolution of social complexity in bees, including honey bees. Credit L. Brian Stauffer CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Explaining the evolution of insect society, with sterile society members displaying extreme levels of altruism, has long been a major scientific challenge, Continue Reading »

Honey Bees Use Multiple Genetic Pathways to Fight Infections

Posted On: March 27, 2015

PENN STATE Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections. Credit: Bernardo Niño, Penn State Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey Continue Reading »

Manganese Is Harmful to Honey Bees

Posted On: March 26, 2015

Redistributed industrial metal is present at levels harmful to bees Washington University in St. Louis Asked to name one way people have changed the environment, many people would probably say “global warming.” But that’s really just the start of it. People burn fossil fuels, but they also mine and manufacture. It’s who we are: Homo Continue Reading »

No Bees, No Food Supply – MORGAN SPURLOCK INSIDE MAN Investigates Honey Bee Disappearance

Posted On: March 12, 2015

on Thurs. March 12th 9pm ET/PT Hosted and produced by the Oscar®-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Inside Man tells compelling stories from an insider’s perspective. With his inquisitive style and a sense of humor, Spurlock has tackled intriguing topics this season that include America’s trash epidemic, the future of zoos, dating in America, and medical Continue Reading »

New Research Finds Queen Bee Microbiomes are Starkly Distinct From Worker Bees

Posted On: March 10, 2015

Indiana University Researchers used a marked queen in order to track her movements in the hive. (David R. Tarpy photo) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An Indiana University researcher and collaborators have published the first comprehensive analysis of the gut bacteria found in queen bees. Despite the important role of gut microbial communities — also known the Continue Reading »

‘Stressed’ Young Bees Could Be the Cause of Colony Collapse

Posted On: February 10, 2015

Pressure on young bees to grow up too fast could be a major factor in explaining the disastrous declines in bee populations seen worldwide Queen Mary, University of London Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a major threat to bee colonies around the world and affects their ability to perform vital human food crop pollination. It Continue Reading »

EPA Registers New Insecticide Alternative to Neonicotinoids, Safer for Bees

Posted On: January 21, 2015

The EPA is registering a new insecticide, flupyradifurone, that is safer for bees. It is expected to be an alternative to more toxic products including certain pyrethroid, neonicotinoid, organophosphate and avermectin insecticides. As an insecticide, flupyradifurone is unusual in that laboratory-based studies indicate that the compound is practically non-toxic to adult honeybees. Studies show no Continue Reading »

A Warming World May Spell Bad News for Honey Bees

Posted On: November 26, 2014

Researchers have found that the spread of an exotic honey bee parasite, Nosema ceranae, -now found worldwide – is linked not only to its superior competitive ability, but also to climate, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The team of researchers, including Myrsini Natsopoulou from the Continue Reading »

Can Stress Management Help Save Honey Bees?

Posted On: November 25, 2014

Honey bee populations are clearly under stress–from the parasitic Varroa mite, insecticides, and a host of other factors–but it’s been difficult to pinpoint any one of them as the root cause of devastating and unprecedented losses in honey bee hives. Researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Parasitology on November 24th say that Continue Reading »

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