Varroa Mites – Bees’ Archenemies –
Have Genetic Holes in Their Armor

Michigan State University   EAST LANSING, Mich. - Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Michigan State University scientists have found genetic holes in the pests' armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders. The team's results, published in the current issue of Insect Science, have identified four …

Neonics Put Bumblebees at Risk of Extinction by Hindering Colony Formation, Study Reveals

University of Guelph professor discovered that exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a bumblebee queen starting a new colony by more than a quarter. University of Guelph Bumblebees are less able to start colonies when exposed to a common neonicotinoid pesticide, according to a new University of Guelph study. Prof. Nigel Raine has discovered that exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a …

The Bee Nutrition Challenge: An Innovation Award

Courtesy of Calling all honey bee and animal nutrition enthusiasts! The Honey Bee Health Coalition is excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Bee Nutrition Challenge: An Innovation Award. The Problem Our honey bees are in trouble, partly because they don’t have enough to eat. Thanks to researchers, we’ve learned a lot about the nutrients bees need in order to thrive. However, there’s …

Honey Bee Health Coalition Launches Innovative Demonstration Project to Show Real-World Impact of Multiple Best Management Practices for Bee Health

Innovative Effort Will Showcase the Real-World Impacts of Multiple Best Management Practices for Bee Health Courtesy of The Honey Bee Health Coalition, a diverse group of more than 40 organizations working to support pollinator health, announced today the launch of an innovative and ground-breaking demonstration project aimed at showcasing the real-world impacts a series of best management practices have on honey bees …

Asian Hornet to Colonize UK Within 2 Decades Without Action

Honey bees across Europe have been impacted by Asian hornet since it first arrived in France in 2004 University of Warwick   Honey bees across Europe have been impacted by Asian hornet since it first arrived in France in 2004 Asian hornet could colonize UK and threaten bee populations in two decades unless action is taken, according to research by the Universities …

Local Collaboration Key to Protecting Pollinators While Managing Ticks, Mosquitoes

Cross-disciplinary group urges community-level connection among vector-control, pollinator experts Entomological Society of America Annapolis, MD -- Managing mosquito and tick populations and protecting the health of pollinators are growing concerns on a global scale, but success in both requires teamwork on the local level. A coalition of entomologists and other scientists specializing in both disease-vector management and pollinator protection suggest professionals in these …

Technology Tracks ‘Bee Talk’ to Help Improve Honey Bee Health

Simon Fraser University Simon Fraser University graduate student Oldooz Pooyanfar has developed a monitoring system to study what more than 20,000 honeybees housed in hives in a Cloverdale field are 'saying' to each other -- looking for clues about their health. Credit: SFU Click here or on the image above for video Simon Fraser University graduate student Oldooz Pooyanfar is monitoring what more than 20,000 honeybees …

2017 US fall forecast: Warmth to Linger in Northeast; Conditions Ripe for Tornado Outbreaks From Texas to Tennessee

Courtesy of   AccuWeather Global Weather Center - August 2, 2017  - AccuWeather reports summer warmth will linger into fall across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Meanwhile, areas farther south will remain alert for tropical hits long after summer has faded. In the southern Plains, conditions will become ripe for severe weather, including possible tornado outbreaks. Warmth to linger into fall across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic As children head back to …