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Losses of Honey Bee Colonies Over the 2014/15 Winter

Posted On: July 24, 2015

Preliminary results from an international study The honey bee research association COLOSS1 has today announced the preliminary results of their international study of colony losses over the 2014-15 winter. Data were collected from 31 countries. Egypt, Russia and the Ukraine participated for the first time in this initiative, which is the largest and longest running Continue Reading »

Pesticides Found in Most Pollen Collected from Foraging Bees in Massachusetts

Posted On: July 24, 2015

Boston, MA — More than 70% of pollen and honey samples collected from foraging bees in Massachusetts contain at least one neonicotinoid, a class of pesticide that has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which adult bees abandon their hives during winter, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Continue Reading »

Tagged Bees Causing a Buzz in Disease Research

Posted On: July 15, 2015

James Cook University James Cook University researchers are creating a buzz in bee research, gluing tiny transmitters to the backs of the insects for the first time. Lead researcher, JCU’s Dr Lori Lach, said the team glued Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) chips to the backs of 960 bees, providing new insights into how disease affects the Continue Reading »

Oriental Honey Buzzards Might Stop to Smell the Pollen

Posted On: July 15, 2015

Buzzard identifies food by the pollen smell, yellow color PLOS Oriental honey buzzards, birds of prey, likely use a combination of their senses of smell and sight to identify nutritious pollen dough balls found in Taiwanese beehives, according to a study published July 15, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Shu-Yi Yang from Continue Reading »

Deceptive Flowers

Posted On: July 10, 2015

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology How flowers use scent and nectar to manipulate pollinators and herbivores   An insect that lives up to its name because its larvae are insatiable: Manduca sexta (Manduca: Lat. “chewer “). A female Manduca sexta hawkmoth lays eggs on the leaves of a tobacco plant after it has pollinated Continue Reading »

Bayer CropScience and Ernst Conservation Seeds Partner to Create Pollinator Habitat

Posted On: July 9, 2015

Collaboration Aims to Help Individuals and Organizations Gain Access to Wildflower Seeds to Create Bee Forage   A honeybee works a purple coneflower, one of the native wildflower species included in the Feed A Bee bulk seed mix provided by Ernst Conservation Seeds.   RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (July 9, 2015) – As part of Continue Reading »

Large-scale Bee Monitoring Easier with New Testing Method

Posted On: July 9, 2015

University of East Anglia. Research published today in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution shows that collecting wild bees, extracting their DNA, and directly reading the DNA of the resultant ‘soup’ could finally make large-scale bee monitoring programs feasible. This would allow conservationists to detect where and when bee species are being lost, and Continue Reading »

Examining the Neonicotinoid Threat to Honey Bees

Posted On: July 9, 2015

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY The decline of honey bees has been a major concern globally for the past decade. One of the factors that could be contributing to the decline is the use of insecticides — specifically neonicotinoids — that persist in rivers and streams. Researchers now report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Continue Reading »

Let Sweet Freedom Ring!

Posted On: July 2, 2015

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board Honey Feast Recipe Newsletter) There are so many great things about the month of July; it’s designated Grilling Month, National Baked Beans Month, National Ice Cream Month, and let’s not forget about Independence Day! There will be backyard cookouts, neighborhood block parties, fireworks, and we will gather with family Continue Reading »

Dadant Offices Closed July 3rd for Holiday Observance

Posted On: July 2, 2015

All of our Dadant offices will be closed July 3rd and 4th in observance of Independence Day. You may continue to place your orders online at 24/7 and don’t forget to check out our internet sale as there are only 3 days remaining! We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday! Continue Reading »

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