Luring Hornets: Scientists Unlock Sex Pheromone
of Notorious Honey Bee Predator

Traps baited with synthetic pheromone could become solution to invasive Asian hornet   Over the past decade, Asian hornets, predatory insects with a widespread and expanding population, have invaded parts of Europe and Korea. Vespa velutina has a growing reputation as a species that proliferates rapidly, preys on honey bees and poses risks to humans. Now a biologist at the University of …

Honey Bee Research Funding Proposals Requested

Research proposals are requested that focus on honey bee health and productivity which provide practical and tangible solutions to the beekeeping industry. The National Honey Board and Project Apis m. reinforce their commitment to the future of bees through an investment of $10 million by 2020 in bee health projects, through the financial support of successful research proposals. The goal of this …

Coal Miners Shift to Beekeeping

University of Delaware researcher helps establish socioeconomic growth program for displaced miners in West Virginia University of Delaware Former coal miners or citizens whose lives have been shaped by the coal mining industry in southern West Virginia spent their summer learning how to establish and operate bee colonies thanks to help from the University of Delaware's Debbie Delaney. Delaney, associate professor of entomology in …

Honey Samples Worldwide Test Positive for Neonicotinoids

A global sampling of honey finds 75% to be contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides. Of note, the concentrations detected are below the amount authorized by the European Union for human consumption. The situation is more bleak for pollinators, however. Widespread application of neonicotinoids has been identified as a key factor responsible for the global decline in pollinators, particularly bees. Edward A.D. Mitchell …

Nectar-Living Microbes Influence Pollinator’s Foraging Preference

Hear that honey bee buzzing toward a flower? It's not just the nectar that she's scented. Nectar-living microbes release scents or volatile compounds, too, and can influence a pollinator's foraging preference, according to newly published research led by UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette. The groundbreaking research, published in the current edition of New Phytologist journal, shows that nectar-inhabiting species of bacteria and fungi …

“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 …

EPA Requests Comment on the Proposed Registration of New Biopesticide to Help Control Spread of Zika and Other Viruses

Mosquito control products can be detrimental to honey bee health. The EPA is seeking comments on a new program that would release bioinfected male mosquitos to help reduce populations of mosquitos carrying the Zika virus. If effective, such bioremedies could reduce the reliance on pesticides. report courtesy of the EPA   EPA is proposing to register ZAP Males®, a new microbial biopesticide that …