With Native Pollinators for Crop Pollination,
Diversity Gives the Best Results

Previous studies may have been underestimating the number of bee species needed for adequate pollination by at least one order of magnitude, a new large-scale effort finds. The results help to disentangle the influences of species dominance and species turnover (the replacement of one species for another across space or time) on ecosystem functioning. Many studies to date have explored …

Dr. Gene Robinson Awarded 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture

Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at University of Illinois receives distinguished honor Dr. Gene Robinson, Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at University of Illinois, has been awarded the 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for "leading the genomics revolution in the organismal and population biology of the honey bee." Awarded each year since …

Introduced Honey Bees Could Cause Plant Extinction

Honey bees out-compete local pollinators, which play vital specialist role in plant pollination New research indicates that introduced 'alien' honey bees are competing for resources with native bees and threatening the survival of plants that rely on interactions with specific pollinators. The study, published in the journal Diversity and Distributions, was led by Dr. Olivia Norfolk of Anglia Ruskin University, who carried …

Sick Bees Eat Healthier

Good nutrition can help us ward off illness. But what happens when we’re already sick? In honey bees, sick bees appear to make smarter nutritional choices. A new study compared the feeding habits of healthy bees to those infected with the gut parasite Nosema ceranae. In the study, published recently in the journal Microbial Ecology, the researchers first gave groups of …

UC Davis Honey Bee Guru Receives National Award

For 38 years, Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen did everything he could to help the honey bees. “I am basically all pro-bee; whatever I can do for bees, I do it,” Mussen told the American Bee Journal in a two-part interview published in 2011. “It doesn't matter whether there is one hive in the backyard or 15,000 colonies. Bees are bees and …

Wild Sri Lankan Elephants Retreat from the
Sound of Disturbed Asian Honey Bees

For the first time, researchers have shown that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts. Playbacks have been used for many years to explore the behavioral responses of African elephants to a suspected natural threat, but the research, published in Current Biology, is the first time this technique has been used to record …

Honey Bee Health Coalition Congratulates Winners
of Nutrition Competition

Winners Will Use $40,000 in Prize Money to Improve, Accelerate Honey Bee Nutrition The Honey Bee Health Coalition announced today that it has awarded $40,000 to four innovative projects aimed at improving honey bee nutrition and supporting honey bee and pollinator health. The awards, announced today at the 2018 American Bee Research Conference, are part of the Coalition’s inaugural Bee Nutrition …

Agricultural Fungicide Attracts Honey Bees, Study Finds

When given the choice, honey bee foragers prefer to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone, researchers report in the journal Scientific Reports. The puzzling finding comes on the heels of other studies linking fungicides to declines in honey bee and wild bee populations. One recent study, for example, found parallels between the use of chlorothalonil …