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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 »


People Allergic to Insect Venom Need Precision Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted On: June 21, 2016

Aarhus University A team of researchers has elucidated individual profiles of allergy reactivity in patients that are not protected after treatment with immunotherapy. The aim is to improve medical treatment of people who are allergic to insect stings. Approximately 30 per cent of the European population suffers from allergies and 3-5 per cent are allergic Continue Reading »


London Bee Tracking Project Begins

Posted On: June 21, 2016

Queen Mary University of London Hundreds of bees with individual coloured number tags will be released from the rooftops of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on Tuesday 21 June and over the next month for a project that hopes to uncover the secret lives of London’s bees. Biologists from QMUL’s School of Biological and Continue Reading »


Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association Bee Friendly Program to Recognize Towns Encouraging Beekeeping

Posted On: June 21, 2016

PITTSBURGH – June 20, 2016 – The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (PSBA) is kicking off National Pollinator Week (June 20-16) with the launch of its Bee Friendly PA Program, an effort designed to recognize communities throughout the Commonwealth for their efforts in supporting honeybee health through legislation, education, pest management, green space care and “Honeybee Continue Reading »


Scientists Selected to Further Quest for Answers to Key Bee Health Questions

Posted On: June 21, 2016

Part of 4-year, $1 million Healthy Hives 2020 Initiative to Find Tangible Solutions to Improve Colony Health Paso Robles, Calif. (June 20, 2016) – Project Apis m. announced today the names of scientists and research projects seeking to answer key questions around bee health to receive funding as part of the Healthy Hives 2020 initiative.  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 »


Supporting Pollinators Could Have Big Payoff for Texas Cotton Farmers

Posted On: June 13, 2016

University of Texas at Austin According to a new study by The University of Texas at Austin, increasing the diversity of pollinator species, including bees, flies and butterflies, can dramatically increase cotton production. The researchers estimate that in South Texas, the region they studied, increasing the diversity of pollinators could boost cotton production by up 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 »


Bee Populations Expanded During Global Warming After the Last Ice Age

Posted On: June 1, 2016

Pensoft Publishers An Australian small carpenter bee is visiting a flower. Credit: Marc Newman, http://www.padil.gov.au/pollinators/pest/main/138706 The Australian small carpenter bee populations appear to have dramatically flourished in the period of global warming following the last Ice Age some 18,000 years ago. The bee species is found in sub-tropical, coastal and desert areas from the north-east 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 »


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