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Posted On: August 22, 2016

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New study: Neonicotinoid Insecticides Linked to Wild Bee Decline Across England

Posted On: August 16, 2016

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology This is an English oil seed rape field. Credit: Heather Lowther / Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Exposure to neonicotinoid seed treated oilseed rape crops has been linked to long-term population decline of wild bee species across the English countryside, according to research published today in Nature Communications. The research, Continue Reading »

Tips for August

Posted On: August 15, 2016

Courtesy of Joli Winer, editor The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ Association, The Bee Buzzer, August, 2016 Use the weed eater and mow around your hives so that the bees can get in and out. After pulling off your supers check your hives to make sure they have laying queens. Provide water for your bees if they Continue Reading »

USDA Forecasts Record-High Corn and Soybean Production in 2016

Posted On: August 12, 2016

Washington, Aug. 12, 2016 – Both U.S. corn and soybean growers are expected to harvest record-high crops this year, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). U.S. corn production is forecast at 15.2 billion bushels, while soybean growers are expected to harvest 4.06 Continue Reading »

Virus Attracts Bumblebees to Infected Plants by Changing Scent

Posted On: August 12, 2016

University of Cambridge Plant scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that the cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) alters gene expression in the tomato plants it infects, causing changes to air-borne chemicals – the scent – emitted by the plants. Bees can smell these subtle changes, and glasshouse experiments have shown that bumblebees prefer infected Continue Reading »

Surveys of Corn and Soybean Fields Reveal Implications for Pollinator Conservation

Posted On: August 12, 2016

Entomological Society of America   Although corn and soybeans do not need insects for pollination, they do offer floral resources that are used by insect pollinators. So what kind of insects are commonly found in corn and soybean fields? The answer to that question can be found in a new article published in Environmental Entomology. Continue Reading »

Pesticides Used to Help Bees May Actually Harm Them

Posted On: August 9, 2016

Pesticides beekeepers are using to improve honey bee health may actually be harming the bees by damaging the bacteria communities in their guts, according to a team led by a Virginia Tech scientist. The discovery, published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, is a concern because alterations can affect the gut’s ability to metabolize sugars Continue Reading »

Zika Vector Control – A Guide for Florida Beekeepers

Posted On: August 5, 2016

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Researchers Identify How Queen Bees Repress Workers’ Fertility

Posted On: August 4, 2016

University of Otago  Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago have discovered the molecular mechanism by which queen honey bees carefully control worker bees’ fertility. It has long been known that worker bees have a very limited ability to reproduce in a hive with a queen and brood present, but in their absence, a third Continue Reading »

ARS Research Leads to Better Understanding of Bee Health

Posted On: August 4, 2016

By Kim Kaplan USDA Agricultural Research Service WASHINGTON, August 2, 2016—Bacteria in the gut of young honey bees may provide clues about the impact parasites have on bee health. That and other experimental findings were published by U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Continue Reading »

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