Asian Hornet to Colonize UK Within 2 Decades Without Action

Honey bees across Europe have been impacted by Asian hornet since it first arrived in France in 2004 University of Warwick   Honey bees across Europe have been impacted by Asian hornet since it first arrived in France in 2004 Asian hornet could colonize UK and threaten bee populations in two decades unless action is taken, according to research by the Universities …

Technology Tracks ‘Bee Talk’ to Help Improve Honey Bee Health

Simon Fraser University Simon Fraser University graduate student Oldooz Pooyanfar has developed a monitoring system to study what more than 20,000 honeybees housed in hives in a Cloverdale field are 'saying' to each other -- looking for clues about their health. Credit: SFU Click here or on the image above for video Simon Fraser University graduate student Oldooz Pooyanfar is monitoring what more than 20,000 honeybees …

Quarantine Area in the Peace River Region Established for Small Hive Beetle Found in Honey Bee Colonies

Medhat Nasr, PhD. Provincial Apiculturist Crop Diversification Centre North 17507 Fort Rd, NW Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5Y 6H3 Office Phone: 780-415-2314, Cell Phone: 780-554-1566 email: medhat.nasr@gov.ab.ca On July 19, 2017, Alberta has established a quarantine area in the Peace  River region where small hive beetle was detected in a beekeeping operation during an inspection. The pest has been linked to honey colonies that were imported from Ontario …

Hot Cities Spell Bad News for Bees

Bumble bees, like this one, are among the bee species most vulnerable to increases in temperature. Photo: Elsa Youngsteadt. Click to enlarge. A new study from North Carolina State University finds that common wild bee species decline as urban temperatures increase. “We looked at 15 of the most common bee species in southeastern cities and – through fieldwork and labwork – found that …

Potential Varroa Mite Control?

If It Smells Like a Petunia or Shampoo, It Might Be a Pesticide ARS News Service Agricultural Research Service, USDA A scent that petunias and snapdragons release to attract pollinators may be an environmentally friendly control for pests like the spotted wing drosophila fly (SWD) and the brown marmorated stink bug. Zhang is also investigating whether low doses of methyl benzoate could control Varroa …

Bee Health is Topic of New Pollen Research at UMass Amherst

Biologist Lynn Adler at UMass Amherst has a $1 million USDA grant to study the possible role of sunflower pollen in boosting bee health University of Massachusetts at Amherst AMHERST, Mass. - Biology professor Lynn Adler at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an expert in pollination and plant-insect interactions, recently received a three-year, $1 million grant from a special "pollinator health" program of …

Enhancing Honey Bee Nutrition Through
Collaboration, Communication

By Julie Shapiro Grabbing a meal on the go isn’t easy — and that’s true whether you’re a human or a bee. Like us, honey bees face a wide variety of challenges every day. Finding nutritious, complete meals is increasingly becoming a problem for these industrious pollinators. The rapid and recent losses of pollinator habitat and forage across North America, driven in …

Common Pesticide Damages Honey Bee’s Ability to Fly

Study provides the first evidence that a broadly used pesticide alone can harm bee flight University of California - San Diego A honey bee (Apis mellifera) is harnessed for study on a flight mill in biology professor James Nieh's laboratory, UC San Diego. Credit: Simone Tosi Biologists at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that a widely …