2017 Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award Winners Honored for Impactful Local Honey Bee Health Initiatives

Jake Reisdorf, Tubbs Berry Farm and Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District, recognized for innovative approaches to promoting pollinator health and dedication to educating future generations Research Triangle Park, N.C. (July 24, 2017) – Bayer announced the recipients of the fifth annual Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award: young beekeeper Jake Reisdorf, and Kirk and Heidi Tubbs of Tubbs Berry Farm …

Wax Worms to the Rescue!

The insect is able to quickly biodegrade polyethylene, the plastic used for shopping bags and food packaging Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)   A research scientist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Federica Bertocchini, has discovered that wax worms (Galleria mellonella), which usually feed on honey and wax from the honeycombs of bees, are capable of degrading plastic. This worm is capable …

NEW Véto-pharma Survey – Varroa Monitoring

This survey is to help Véto-pharma to better understand the practices of beekeepers who monitor for varroa mites, and to identify possible aids that Véto-pharma could devise to make these procedures more convenient. By answering the following questions, you will help them in their R&D process, to improve their products and offer sustainable solutions for the future of beekeeping. You can answer the survey …

Bees Use Multiple Cues in Hunt for Pollen

University of Exeter   Bees use a variety of senses and memory of previous experiences when deciding where to forage for pollen, research by the University of Exeter suggests. The researchers believe pollen-collecting bees do not base their foraging decisions on taste alone, but instead make an "overall sensory assessment" of their experience at a particular flower. Bees typically do not eat pollen when …

USDA Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2016 – Starting in November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept and process applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications will be made available in local service centers. NRCS has made several updates to the program this year to help producers better evaluate …

Hawaiian Study Highlights a New Threat to Bees Worldwide

Earlham Institute, Norwich, England   Particularly under threat are honey bees, which are as vital to our food systems as the crops they pollinate, and which are prone to a range of emergent diseases including Moku and Deformed wing virus (DWV). The Moku virus was identified on Moku Island in Hawaii through a collaboration of institutes with complementary expertise. Purnima Pachori of the Platforms …

Bayer Feed a Bee and The Wildlife Society Kick Off First Annual Forage Tour to Plant 50 Million Seeds

Plantings in Texas, Kansas, Illinois and Florida will educate communities and establish more forage for spring 2017 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2016) – Each year, we eagerly look forward to fall, the official season of harvest time, pumpkin pie and hot apple cider. But none of these fall favorites would be quite as beloved without the hard work put …

Bee Informed Partnership Announces Public Awareness Campaign

In time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), the most trusted source of data on the health of America's honey bees, today launched a campaign to raise public awareness of the vital roles that honey bees and beekeepers play in pollinating and producing many of the foods we love -- especially at this time of …