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 …

Wax On, Melt Off

Adding phase change materials, like paraffin, to concrete could make roads that melt snow and ice Drexel University New research shows that paraffin wax infused into pavement may help roads melt snow and ice faster. If the beeswax slumgum from rendering old combs had similar properties, beekeepers might have a new market for their wares.   Researchers from Drexel University, Purdue University and Oregon …

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 …

Clouds Like Honeycomb

NOAA-led team uses an innovative network approach to explain polygonal patterns in clouds University of Colorado at Boulder Polygons are widespread in nature: Drying mud may crack into many-sided blocks, and bees shape honeycomb into regular, six-sided cells. Hexagons also appear in broad sheets of clouds across parts of Earth's oceans, and now a team of researchers has used a network approach …

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 …

Pollen Stays on Bee Bodies Right Where Flowers
Need it For Pollination

Ungroomed sites correspond with flower pollen-sacs and stigmas PLOS After grooming, bees still have pollen on body parts that match the position of flower pollen-sacs and stigmas, according to a study published September 6, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Petra Wester from Heinrich-Heine-University, Germany, and colleagues. Flowers depend on pollen for pollination, and flower-visiting bees collect large quantities of pollen …

Honey Bees Become Workers or Queens Depending on
the Plant MicroRNAs in Their Diet

Certain plant microRNAs slow development to keep workers small and sterile PLOS Working model for the cross-kingdom transfer of plant microRNAs in the regulation of honeybee development. For larvae that are destined to become queens, royal jelly is fed in copious amounts to drive the development of the royal phenotype. For worker-destined larvae, substantial quantities of plant microRNAs are absorbed when consuming beebread and pollen, which …

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 …