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IU Paleobotanist Identifies What Could Be the Mythical ‘First Flower’

Posted On: August 20, 2015

New analysis represents major change in the presumed nature of the planet’s earliest angiosperms Indiana University This is a large intact specimen of the fossil, Montsechia. Usually only small fragmentary pieces of the fossil are found. Credit Bernard Gomez   BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University paleobotanist David Dilcher and colleagues in Europe have identified a Continue Reading »

Indiana University’s Efforts to Help Beekeeping

Posted On: August 17, 2015

by Amy Renee Toler, Indiana University BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the past decade, beekeepers in the U.S. and Europe have been reporting annual bee and hive losses that are considerably higher than what would be considered normal or sustainable. U.S. beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their colonies in 2014-15 — the second-highest loss Continue Reading »

Honey Bee Health Coalition Releases Guide to Help Beekeepers Detect, Control Varroa Mite Infestations

Posted On: August 11, 2015

Guide Equips Beekeepers of All Types with Tools to Tackle Parasite, Strengthen Hive Health The Honey Bee Health Coalition, a diverse coalition dedicated to improving the health of honey bees and other pollinators, released a guide today aimed at helping beekeepers strengthen hive health by controlling the Varroa mite (Varroa destructor). This parasitic mite undermines Continue Reading »

Some Honey Bee Colonies Adapt in Wake of Deadly Mites

Posted On: August 10, 2015

CORNELL CHRONICLE by Krishna Ramanujan A worker bee with two Varroa mites. (Tom Seeley photo) An exposed nest of a colony of honeybees living in a tree. (Tom Seeley photo) A new genetics study of wild honeybees offers clues to how a population has adapted to a mite that has devastated bee colonies worldwide. The Continue Reading »

UC Davis to Host Conference on Neonicotinoids

Posted On: August 7, 2015

by Kathy Keatley Garvey A pollen-laded honey bee heading toward pear blossoms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)   DAVIS, CA –“Truth or Myth: Neonicotinoids and Their Impact on Pollinators: What Is the Science-Based Research?” That’s the topic of a special conference–open to the public –set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9 at Continue Reading »

Sweet Family Time!

Posted On: August 5, 2015

(Courtesy of The National Honey Board) Here we are – it’s August already! Can you believe it? Soon it will be time to go out and get new pencils, crayons, backpacks, clothes and new school shoes, if you haven’t already. While these thoughts may be in the back of all our minds, let’s not forget Continue Reading »

Flowers Can Endanger Bees

Posted On: August 5, 2015

Study by UC Riverside entomologist and colleagues shows flowers serve as parasite-dispersing hubs University of California – Riverside Photo shows a honey bee (Apis mellifera) and a bumblebee (Bombus spp.) foraging on a purple coneflower. Credit: Kathy Keatley Garvey, UC Davis.   RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Despite their beauty, flowers can pose a grave danger to Continue Reading »

How Bees Naturally Vaccinate Their Babies

Posted On: July 31, 2015

Researchers discover process bees use to protect their offspring Arizona State University With the discovery of how bees naturally vaccinate their babies, researchers can now develop the first vaccine for insects. This vaccine could be used to fight serious diseases  that decimate beehives. This is an important development for food production. Credit: Christofer Bang   Continue Reading »

Losses of Honey Bee Colonies Over the 2014/15 Winter

Posted On: July 24, 2015

Preliminary results from an international study The honey bee research association COLOSS1 has today announced the preliminary results of their international study of colony losses over the 2014-15 winter. Data were collected from 31 countries. Egypt, Russia and the Ukraine participated for the first time in this initiative, which is the largest and longest running Continue Reading »

Pesticides Found in Most Pollen Collected from Foraging Bees in Massachusetts

Posted On: July 24, 2015

Boston, MA — More than 70% of pollen and honey samples collected from foraging bees in Massachusetts contain at least one neonicotinoid, a class of pesticide that has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which adult bees abandon their hives during winter, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Continue Reading »

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