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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 »

North Carolina Student Investigates Honey Bee Disease Alert Chemical Signal

Posted On: November 18, 2015

Kaira Wagoner, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Biology Department’s first doctoral student, has uncovered a chemical that could increase the odds of honey bee survival by helping them better combat the parasites within their hives. Wagoner has been working in Prof. Olav Rueppell’s lab under his mentorship since August 2011, when she began working Continue Reading »

How DNA and a Supercomputer Can Help Sustain Honey Bee Populations

Posted On: November 16, 2015

New multi-locus metabarcoding approach for pollen analysis uncovers what plants bee species rely on Botanical Society of America To uncover what plants honey bees rely on, researchers from The Ohio State University are using the latest DNA sequencing technology and a supercomputer. They spent months collecting pollen from beehives and have developed a multi-locus metabarcoding 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 »

Cancellation Order Issued for Sulfoxaflor

Posted On: November 13, 2015

On November 12, 2015, EPA issued a cancellation order for all previously registered Sulfoxaflor products. This cancellation order is in response to the September 10, 2015, order of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finding that EPA improperly approved the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act registrations of the pesticide sulfoxaflor; the court’s order became 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 »

UC Davis Bee Researchers Write About Bee Immunity and Toxin Metabolism

Posted On: November 9, 2015

When honey bees shift from nurse bees to foragers, or from caring for the brood to foraging for nectar and pollen, the bees “turn on” gene expression with products that protect against microorganisms and degrade toxins, three scientists at the University of California, Davis scientists have discovered. The paper on bee immunity and toxin metabolism Continue Reading »

Native Field-foraging Bees Exposed to Neonicotinoid Insecticides and Other Pesticides

Posted On: November 5, 2015

United States Geological Survey According to the first-ever study of pesticide residues on field-caught bees, native bees are exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides and other pesticides. This report was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. This research focused on native bees, because there is limited information Continue Reading »

We are Thankful for You, Honey!

Posted On: November 4, 2015

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board) November officially kicks off the holiday season, the time of year when families are getting together to enjoy each other’s company, catch up and share stories, or even play a backyard football game. And what brings people together like a good meal? We’re not sure about you, but there Continue Reading »

Urban Environments Boost Pathogen Pressure on Honey Bees

Posted On: November 4, 2015

North Carolina State University Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that urban environments increase pathogen abundance in honey bees (Apis mellifera) and reduce honey bee survival. The finding raises significant questions as urban areas continue to grow at the expense of rural environments, and urban beekeeping becomes more popular. “We wanted to determine Continue Reading »

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