USDA – ARS Study Shows Amygdalin in Almond Nectar Can Reduce Viruses and Gut Parasites in Honey Bees

BELTSVILLE, Md., June 22, 2021 – Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that a component in almond nectar and pollen can reduce honey bee viruses and gut parasites, which are some of the leading threats to bee health and colonies. The study, published in the journal Insects, showed amygdalin — a naturally-occurring chemical …

Asian Giant Hornet Complete Genome Released by the Agricultural Research Service

BELTSVILLE, MARYLAND, AUGUST 6, 2020--The first complete genome of the Asian giant hornet has been released by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. ARS has made the genome available to the research community in AgDataCommons and the National Center for Biotechnology Information, even before publishing the results in a scientific journal to make the data freely accessible as …

The Covid-19 Crisis is Severely Affecting Bee Research

As their contribution to World Bee Day on 20th May, members of the international COLOSS association are presenting preliminary results of a survey to evaluate the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on vital research into bees. The crisis affects all countries, but measures adopted by different governments vary considerably in their effects on beekeeping and bee research. The survey ran between …