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Conflict Among Honey Bee Genes Supports Theory of Altruism

Posted On: January 13, 2016

PENN STATE If a worker behaves altruistically and helps rear her sisters’ offspring, she will ensure that her matrigenes — those genes she inherits from her queen mother — are passed on to the next generation. This image shows honey bee workers caring for their queen moher by grooming her. Credit: David Galbraith, Penn State Continue Reading »


MN beekeeper: Feds Must Tighten Rules on Insecticide Coated Seed

Posted On: January 7, 2016

MN beekeeper: Feds must tighten rules on insecticide coated seeds Minnesota Public Radio News Jeff Anderson is a beekeeper and the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to force the Environmental Protection Agency to label insecticide-coated seeds. Minnesota beekeeper sues EPA over insecticide-coated seeds – TwinCities.com Pioneer Press Full Coverage


EPA Releases the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

Posted On: January 7, 2016

First-of-its-kind assessment delivers on President Obama’s National Pollinator Strategy WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the Continue Reading »


Iowa Honey Producers Launches Searchable City Beekeeping Ordinance Website

Posted On: January 7, 2016

The Iowa Honey Producers Association have announced the immediate availability of www.BeeLaws.org. This website helps Iowa residents learn their city’s ordinances related to beekeeping.­­­ It is believed to be the first searchable bee law website in the nation. Anyone curious about placing a bee hive can open the website, choose a city listed on the Continue Reading »


Power Up Your New Year, Honey!

Posted On: January 5, 2016

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board) Hello 2016! Is there anything as beautiful as the start of a new year? So new and fresh, without a single blemish or “what if” attached to it. We all come into the new year with eyes full of wonder and hopes of all the things we wish to Continue Reading »


Honey, Give the Gift of Gold this Holiday Season!

Posted On: December 4, 2015

Courtesy of the National Honey Board   Hello fellow honey-lovers! We hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. With the closing of the recent holiday, we find ourselves at an interesting juncture in the holiday season, recovering from one large festivity just to move into the next. This time of Continue Reading »


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 »


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