Asian Hornet Identified in Gloucestershire, UK

From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Animal and Plant Health Agency First published: 20 September 2016 Part of: Animal and plant health and United Kingdom There has been a confirmed sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire, UK. The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – …

High Number of Pesticides Within Colonies Linked to Honey Bee Deaths

Some compounds commonly regarded as “bee-safe” could be a major contributor to honey bee colony losses in North America Honey bee colonies in the United States have been dying at high rates for over a decade, and agricultural pesticides—including fungicides, herbicides and insecticides—are often implicated as major culprits. Until now, most scientific studies have looked at pesticides one at a time, …

Golden Goose Award Goes to Researchers Who Turned Honey Bee Foraging Patterns into Powerful Web-Hosting Tool

John J. Bartholdi III, Sunil Nakrani, Thomas D. Seeley, Craig A. Tovey, and John Hagood Vande Vate will receive the Golden Goose Award on Sept. 22 for their study of honey bee foraging behavior and the development of the “Honey Bee Algorithm” to allocate shared web servers to internet traffic. The original honey bee research, funded by the National Science …

Clemson Holds Regional Forum to Discuss Zika Virus

Denise Attaway, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Public Service and Agriculture   ANDERSON, S.C. — With concerns surrounding the Zika virus increasing, the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service is doing what it can to inform the public. A regional discussion forum was held Tuesday to discuss how the Zika virus is transmitted, medical issues related to the virus, control strategies and regulatory …

Seek and You Shall Find — Bees Remain Excellent Searchers Even When Ill

Queen Mary University of London   Honey bees are hardwired to efficiently search the landscape enabling them to continue working for the greater good of their hives even when they are sick, according to new research co-authored by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Radar technology has been used to show for the first time that bees remain nimble and able to …

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: USU Biologists Unearth Sandstone-excavating Bees

Utah State University scientists publish new findings in 'Current Biology' Utah State University LOGAN, UTAH, USA - In the popular nursery story The Three Little Pigs, the prudent porker who builds his house of brick is chided by his pals, who choose much easier ways to construct their respective abodes. Only later in the cautionary tale does the reader discover the benefits …

Insecticide Hurts Queen Bees’ Egg-laying Abilities

U. of Nebraska research shows nicotine-based pesticide may have dramatic consequences for colonies University of Nebraska-Lincoln The world's best-selling insecticide may impair the ability of a queen honey bee and her subjects to maintain a healthy colony, says new research led by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln entomologist. The research examined the effects of imidacloprid, which belongs to a popular class of nicotine-based …

Safe, Edible Bottle Coating Empties Every Last Drop of Honey, Syrup, Ketchup

By Dr. Alex Berezow Reprinted with permission from the American Council on Health and Science Sept. 8, 2016   It is nearly impossible to get every last drop of liquid foods out of their containers. Ketchup and syrup are among the worst offenders. In fact, up to 15% of liquid foods can be wasted due to such inefficient packaging. Superhydrophobic coatings, which are extremely water-repellent, have been proposed as …