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Why Do Pollinators Forage on Toxic or Bitter-Tasting Nectar?

Posted On: March 10, 2016

by Kathy Keatley Garvey UC Davis Dept. of Entomology and Nematology   UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette has discovered why pollinators continue to forage on “toxic” or bitter-tasting nectar, despite what should be a deterrent. In newly published research in the journal Ecology, Vannette noted that floral nectar is produced by many plants to Continue Reading »

Study Finds Larger Colonies of Social Insects Have Weaker Immune Response, Highlights Role of Hygiene

Posted On: March 10, 2016

North Carolina State University Researchers have found that the larger the colony size associated with a eusocial insect species, the weaker its immune response. For example, honey bees (Apis mellifera) form large colonies and exhibit complex group behaviors – and they had a significantly less pronounced immune response than sweat bees like the one pictured Continue Reading »

National Honey Board Launches New Online Catalog

Posted On: March 9, 2016

Firestone, Colorado – The National Honey Board (NHB) announces that it has launched an online catalog for members of the honey industry. In a continued effort to provide materials to help promote honey, the NHB has made available to all industry members various materials that can be utilized to educate the general public about the Continue Reading »

Bees ‘Dumb Down’ After Ingesting Tiny Doses of the Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Posted On: March 2, 2016

University of Otago Honey bees suffer severe learning and memory deficits after ingesting very small doses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, potentially threatening their success and survival, new research from New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests. In their study, researchers from the Departments of Zoology and Chemistry collected bees from 51 hives across 17 locations in Continue Reading »

Flowers Tone Down the Iridescence of Their Petals and Avoid Confusing Bees

Posted On: February 25, 2016

University of Cambridge Iridescent flowers are never as dramatically rainbow-coloured as iridescent beetles, birds or fish, but their petals produce the perfect signal for bees, according to a new study published today in Current Biology. Bees buzzing around a garden, looking for nectar, need to be able to spot flower petals and recognise which coloured Continue Reading »

New Research Proposals Aim to Improve Honey Bee Health

Posted On: February 18, 2016

Project Apis m. to spearhead multi-year research funded by Bayer’s Healthy Hives 2020 initiative Bayer Crop Science News Release   RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Feb. 18, 2016) – Bayer and Project Apis m. today announced they are partnering to sponsor research to improve the health of honey bee colonies in the United States within the Continue Reading »

Bees Abuzz Over Rapini

Posted On: February 17, 2016

By Jan Suszkiw (USDA-ARS) Popular in Italy but also grown in the United States, rapini, or broccoli raab, is a turnip-like vegetable featured in the recipes of cable television’s top celebrity chefs. Foodies are not the only fans of rapini. Honey bees love it too, for its bright yellow, pollen-packed flowers. Studies by Agricultural Research Continue Reading »

USDA Sees Strong Demand for Conservation Reserve Program

Posted On: February 11, 2016

Deadline to Submit Offers for Competitive Enrollment is Feb. 26 WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive Continue Reading »

Bee Sweet on Your Honey!

Posted On: February 11, 2016

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board) Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (for those of you who have lost track of time, it’s THIS Sunday). While chocolates and flowers may be the norm this time of year, we’re here to shake things up a bit with five honey recipes that will show your honey Continue Reading »

Preliminary Imidacloprid Pollinator Risk Assessment Technical Briefing Webinar Slated for February 18

Posted On: February 10, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold an online technical briefing on its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, on February 18, 2016, from 1PM to 2:30PM (Eastern Standard Time). Register for the webinar at here. The webinar is intended to help inform the public about the results of the recently Continue Reading »

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