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Single Gene Separates Queen from Workers

Posted On: January 30, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Scientists have identified how a single gene in honey bees separates the queens from the workers. A team of scientists from Michigan State University and Wayne State University unraveled the gene’s inner workings and published the results in the current issue of Biology Letters. The gene, which is responsible for leg Continue Reading »

Common Crop Pesticides Kill Honey Bee Larvae in the Hive

Posted On: January 29, 2014

Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honey bee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) — an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive — is highly toxic to honeybee larvae. “We Continue Reading »

Pathogenic Plant Virus Jumps to Honey Bees

Posted On: January 21, 2014

A viral pathogen that typically infects plants has been found in honey bees and could help explain their decline. Researchers working in the U.S. and Beijing, China report their findings in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The routine screening of bees for frequent and rare viruses “resulted in the Continue Reading »

Exposure to Pesticides Results in Smaller Worker Bees

Posted On: January 20, 2014

Exposure to a widely used pesticide causes worker bumblebees to grow less and then hatch out at a smaller size, according to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London. The research, published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology, reveals that prolonged exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide, which is used on flowering crops Continue Reading »

Penn Museum Team Finds Evidence for 3,000+-year-old ‘Nordic Grog’ Tradition — Honey Was A Major Ingredient

Posted On: January 17, 2014

Discovery highlights innovative and complex fermented beverages of northernmost Europe in the Bronze and Iron Ages From northwest Denmark, circa 1500-1300 BC, to the Swedish island of Gotland as late as the first century AD, Nordic peoples were imbibing an alcoholic “grog” or extreme hybrid beverage rich in local ingredients, including honey, bog cranberry, lingonberry, Continue Reading »

EPA Awards Funding

Posted On: January 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced agricultural grants for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to reduce the use of potentially harmful pesticides and lower risk to bees all while controlling pests and saving money. “These collaborative projects can provide innovative solutions to reduce pesticide risks to pollinators and crops,” said James Continue Reading »

Ancient Pheromones Keep Queens in Charge

Posted On: January 17, 2014

Researchers have identified a particular class of structurally similar, queen-specific hydrocarbons that suppress the reproduction of ant, wasp and bumblebee workers alike — and they suggest that these pheromones have been around, signaling fertility in social insects, for nearly 150 million years. Previous studies have shown that when it comes to such social insects, queens Continue Reading »

Pollination, Land Degradation: Top Priorities for Assessment by New UN Intergovernmental Body

Posted On: December 17, 2013

Nations approve first work plan, budget for Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Antalya, Turkey, December 14, 2013 – The groundbreaking Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) today agreed to develop a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools Continue Reading »

Global Demand for California Almonds Remains Strong

Posted On: December 11, 2013

Demand for California Almonds remains strong. Shipments for the month of November exceeded prior year by nearly 8%. Year-to-date, shipments continue to run ahead of last year at 7.4%. Commitments for November rose by 149 million lbs., putting the 2013 California almond supply at 57% shipped and committed. The most recent estimates peg the 2013 Continue Reading »

Researchers Develop System for Assessing How Effective Species Are at Pollinating Crops

Posted On: December 10, 2013

(Courtesy of Matt Shipman, North Carolina State News and Information) From tomatoes to pumpkins, most fruit and vegetable crops rely on pollination by bees and other insect species – and the future of many of those species is uncertain. Now researchers from North Carolina State University are proposing a set of guidelines for assessing the Continue Reading »

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