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New Study Challenges Popular Explanation for Why a Social Insect Becomes a Worker or Queen

Posted On: January 21, 2016

Rockefeller University The exquisite social hierarchy of insect colonies has long fascinated scientists. Take two eggs–both contain identical genetic material, but while one becomes a sterile worker, the other may develop into a queen that can reproduce. Workers perform brood care and other crucial tasks that keep the colony going, and typically live for a Continue Reading »

EPA Opens Public Comment Period on the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

Posted On: January 15, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened the 60-day public comment period for its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, in a Federal Register notice published today. After the comment period ends, the EPA may revise the pollinator assessment based on comments received and, if necessary, take action to reduce risks from the insecticide. Continue Reading »


Posted On: January 15, 2016

(Courtesy of Dr. Vanessa Corby-Harris from the USDA-ARS is currently enrolling participants in a study to look at the effects of a probiotic, Parasaccharibacter apium (or P. apium) on colony health. In both lab and small-scale field studies, she sees a potential benefit of P. apium to colony health. Bees supplemented with this bacterium Continue Reading »

Conflict Among Honey Bee Genes Supports Theory of Altruism

Posted On: January 13, 2016

PENN STATE If a worker behaves altruistically and helps rear her sisters’ offspring, she will ensure that her matrigenes — those genes she inherits from her queen mother — are passed on to the next generation. This image shows honey bee workers caring for their queen moher by grooming her. Credit: David Galbraith, Penn State Continue Reading »

MN beekeeper: Feds Must Tighten Rules on Insecticide Coated Seed

Posted On: January 7, 2016

MN beekeeper: Feds must tighten rules on insecticide coated seeds Minnesota Public Radio News Jeff Anderson is a beekeeper and the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to force the Environmental Protection Agency to label insecticide-coated seeds. Minnesota beekeeper sues EPA over insecticide-coated seeds – Pioneer Press Full Coverage

EPA Releases the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

Posted On: January 7, 2016

First-of-its-kind assessment delivers on President Obama’s National Pollinator Strategy WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the Continue Reading »

Iowa Honey Producers Launches Searchable City Beekeeping Ordinance Website

Posted On: January 7, 2016

The Iowa Honey Producers Association have announced the immediate availability of This website helps Iowa residents learn their city’s ordinances related to beekeeping.­­­ It is believed to be the first searchable bee law website in the nation. Anyone curious about placing a bee hive can open the website, choose a city listed on the Continue Reading »

Power Up Your New Year, Honey!

Posted On: January 5, 2016

(Courtesy of the National Honey Board) Hello 2016! Is there anything as beautiful as the start of a new year? So new and fresh, without a single blemish or “what if” attached to it. We all come into the new year with eyes full of wonder and hopes of all the things we wish to Continue Reading »

Honey, Give the Gift of Gold this Holiday Season!

Posted On: December 4, 2015

Courtesy of the National Honey Board   Hello fellow honey-lovers! We hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. With the closing of the recent holiday, we find ourselves at an interesting juncture in the holiday season, recovering from one large festivity just to move into the next. This time of Continue Reading »

Camelina Cover Crops a Boon for Bees

Posted On: November 19, 2015

By Jan Suszkiw November 19, 2015 Camelina is an herbaceous, yellow-flowering member of the mustard family whose oil-rich seed and cold tolerance has piqued the interest of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists for its potential as both a winter cover crop and biodiesel resource. Now, in the process of studying this plant, scientists with Continue Reading »

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