Dr. Gene Robinson Awarded 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture

Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at University of Illinois receives distinguished honor Dr. Gene Robinson, Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at University of Illinois, has been awarded the 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for "leading the genomics revolution in the organismal and population biology of the honey bee." Awarded each year since …

Wild Sri Lankan Elephants Retreat from the
Sound of Disturbed Asian Honey Bees

For the first time, researchers have shown that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts. Playbacks have been used for many years to explore the behavioral responses of African elephants to a suspected natural threat, but the research, published in Current Biology, is the first time this technique has been used to record …

“i5k” is for Insects

Honey bees were one of the very first arthropods to have their genome sequenced. This initial sequencing effort was completed in 2006, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute and the United States Department of Agriculture. Since then scientists have also sequenced the genomes of honey bee parasites/pathogens, including Varroa, Nosema and Paenibacillus larvae, which causes American Foulbrood. Two …

Clemson, UNCG Researchers Test Honey Bee
Response to Eclipse Totality

By T. DeLene Beeland CLEMSON, South Carolina — About two miles from the Clemson University campus, where 50,000 people gathered to gaze skyward during the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, bee researcher Jennifer Tsuruda kept her eyes focused earthward to see how honey bees behaved when nighttime darkness momentarily interrupted afternoon sun. The lives of honey bees are intertwined with the sun. They …

Caribbean Beekeeper Training – Barbados

You're invited to the 5th Annual Caribbean Bee College At the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Wanstead, Barbados November 1st - 4th, 2017 Hosted by the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab Click here to register or for more information Two Days of Training November 3rd and 4th will be the main training days for beekeepers and bee enthusiasts looking …

The Future of Agriculture is Center Stage
at Ag Innovation Showcase

Bees, new food sources and machine learning are leading trends Los Angeles, CA and St. Louis, MO – August 30, 2017 - Trained bees that pollinate specific target crops, snacks that make eating bugs more of a novelty, and sugar without the guilt or health issues and sensing technologies that give real-world advice to farmers are just a few disruptive innovations …

Varroa Mites – Bees’ Archenemies –
Have Genetic Holes in Their Armor

Michigan State University   EAST LANSING, Mich. - Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Michigan State University scientists have found genetic holes in the pests' armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders. The team's results, published in the current issue of Insect Science, have identified four …

The Bee Nutrition Challenge: An Innovation Award

Courtesy of Calling all honey bee and animal nutrition enthusiasts! The Honey Bee Health Coalition is excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Bee Nutrition Challenge: An Innovation Award. The Problem Our honey bees are in trouble, partly because they don’t have enough to eat. Thanks to researchers, we’ve learned a lot about the nutrients bees need in order to thrive. However, there’s …