When Bees Are Buzzed, Their Behavior Changes

When bumblebees experience rewarding stimuli, they enter a positive emotional state similar to optimism in humans, a new study reveals. The results suggest that insects may have emotion-like states, a research area that has been the subject of much inquiry in recent years. Here, Clint Perry and colleagues turned their attention to the “happiness” of bumblebees, trying to gauge whether …

US Winter Forecast: Frequent Snow to Blast Northeast; Freeze May Damage Citrus Crop in South

Courtesy of AccuWeather Global Weather Center - September 28, 2016 - AccuWeather reports it will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions stretch into spring 2017. Meanwhile, drier and milder weather will focus on the majority of the southern half of the nation. The Southeast may mark the exception as …

Calling For Your Best Ideas to Help Our Industry: PAm is Administering National Honey Board Research Proposals and the Request for Proposals is Now!

(From Project Apis M.) Honey bee colony losses in the United States in 2015-2016 worsened compared with last year. United States honey production in 2015 from producers with five or more colonies fell 12 percent from 2014. As many crops which rely on honey bees for pollination are expanding, the need for a sustainable beekeeping industry is more clear than ever. …

Asian Hornet Identified in Gloucestershire, UK

From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Animal and Plant Health Agency First published: 20 September 2016 Part of: Animal and plant health and United Kingdom There has been a confirmed sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire, UK. The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – …

High Number of Pesticides Within Colonies Linked to Honey Bee Deaths

Some compounds commonly regarded as “bee-safe” could be a major contributor to honey bee colony losses in North America Honey bee colonies in the United States have been dying at high rates for over a decade, and agricultural pesticides—including fungicides, herbicides and insecticides—are often implicated as major culprits. Until now, most scientific studies have looked at pesticides one at a time, …

Golden Goose Award Goes to Researchers Who Turned Honey Bee Foraging Patterns into Powerful Web-Hosting Tool

John J. Bartholdi III, Sunil Nakrani, Thomas D. Seeley, Craig A. Tovey, and John Hagood Vande Vate will receive the Golden Goose Award on Sept. 22 for their study of honey bee foraging behavior and the development of the “Honey Bee Algorithm” to allocate shared web servers to internet traffic. The original honey bee research, funded by the National Science …

Clemson Holds Regional Forum to Discuss Zika Virus

Denise Attaway, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Public Service and Agriculture   ANDERSON, S.C. — With concerns surrounding the Zika virus increasing, the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service is doing what it can to inform the public. A regional discussion forum was held Tuesday to discuss how the Zika virus is transmitted, medical issues related to the virus, control strategies and regulatory …

Seek and You Shall Find — Bees Remain Excellent Searchers Even When Ill

Queen Mary University of London   Honey bees are hardwired to efficiently search the landscape enabling them to continue working for the greater good of their hives even when they are sick, according to new research co-authored by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Radar technology has been used to show for the first time that bees remain nimble and able to …