New Pesticide as Alternative to Neonicotinoids

In February 2018, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) confirmed that the pesticide group of neonicotinoids is harmful to bees. A novel pesticide manufactured by Bayer AG is therefore being discussed as an alternative; it contains flupyradifurone from the class of butenolides. The product goes by the brand name of Sivanto. Sivanto is assumed to be effective against various sucking insects …

Lizards, Mice, Bats and Other Vertebrates
are Important Pollinators Too

Study reviews the global importance of vertebrate pollinators for plant reproduction Bees are not the only animals that carry pollen from flower to flower. Species with backbones, among them bats, birds, mice, and even lizards, also serve as pollinators. Although less familiar as flower visitors than insect pollinators, vertebrate pollinators are more likely to have co-evolved tight relationships of high value …

Declining Bee Population to Get Helping
Hand with National Project

Grant allows researchers to develop app and Amazon-like seed distribution Funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Barbara Sharanowski will coordinate a nationwide team of citizen scientists who will convert lawns into native wildflower havens especially designed to attract native bees and other insects that pollinate plants. Bees and other pollinators are essential to food production. Some scientists estimate that …

BIP Colony Loss & Management Survey!

Dear Beekeeper, It’s April! That means April Fool’s, Easter, rainy weather, and the BIP Colony Loss & Management Survey! We know it’s one of the busiest times of the year for you – you’re out catching swarms, picking up packages, and planning your next steps in the bee yard – but we hope that you can take the time to participate in …

‘Lazy Lawn Mowers’ Can Help Support Suburban
Bee Populations and Diversity

UMass Amherst research shows less-frequent mowing may help suburban bees AMHERST, Mass. - Homeowners concerned about the decline of bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects need look no further than their own back yards, says ecologist Susannah Lerman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the USDA Forest Service. In new research, she and colleagues suggest that homeowners can help support …

Commercial Pesticides: Not as Safe as They Seem

Lack of information on the effects of all pesticide ingredients makes them appear safer than they are — potentially causing serious harm to people and the environment. New regulations are needed to protect people and the environment from toxic pesticide ingredients that are not currently subject to safety assessments. This is the conclusion of the first comprehensive review of gaps in …

The ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’ That’s Killing Honey Bees

The magnified photographs of the pinhead-sized mite, aptly named Varroa destructor, were captured by Dr. Jonathan Salvage of the University of Brighton (UK), using a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope (SEM). Dr. Salvage, a Research Fellow in the University’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, has been working with Adam Leitch, a Master Beekeeper, on both a study of plant pollen that …