Virtual bees help to unravel complex causes of colony decline
Scientists have created an ingenious computer model that simulates a honey bee colony over the course of several years.
Uncovering the drivers of honey bee colony declines and losses
EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced the results of research conducted on honey bee colony declines and the factors attributed to honey bee losses. ...
Pesticides impair bees' ability to gather food, researchers find
(Phys.org) —Controversial pesticides ingested by bumble bees can seriously impact the insects' ability to collect food, even at very low levels of contamination, says new research from the University of ...
1st 'zombie' bees on East Coast found in Vt. (Update)
Vermont beekeepers say they face mite infestations, extreme temperature swings and the possibility of colony collapse. But a San Francisco State University professor says a new threat has arrived in Vermont: zombie bees.
Male honey bees more susceptible than females to widespread intestinal parasite
Gender differences in nature are common, including in humans. A research team from Bern, Switzerland has found that male European honey bees, or drones, are much more susceptible than female European honey bees, known as ...
Bee sensors take flight to help farmers
Thousands of honey bees in Australia are being fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research program to monitor the insects and their environment using a technique known as 'swarm sensing'.
Molecular evolution of genetic sex-determination switch in honeybees
It's taken nearly 200 years, but scientists in Arizona and Europe have teased out how the molecular switch for sex gradually and adaptively evolved in the honeybee.
Stress a key factor in causing bee colonies to fail
Scientists from Royal Holloway University have found that when bees are exposed to low levels of neonicotinoid pesticides - which do not directly kill bees - their behaviour changes and they stop working ...
Health of honey bees adversely impacted by selenium
Traditionally, honey bee research has focused on environmental stressors such as pesticides, pathogens and diseases. Now a research team led by entomologists at the University of California, Riverside has ...
Syngenta challenges EU's bee-saving pesticide ban
Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta said on Tuesday it was taking the European Commission to court over its suspension of the use of an insecticide it blames for killing bees.
Highest winter losses in recent years for honey bees in Scotland
Soaring numbers of honey bees died last winter, University of Strathclyde research has revealed.
New research provides evolutionary snapshot of surprisingly altruistic bees
(Phys.org) —A paper published today in Current Biology demonstrates that even in the hopeless situation of colony collapse, queenless honeybees will still show remarkable altruism towards their colony, defend ...
Researchers study effects of pesticides on honeybee health
Virginia Tech researchers are gathering valuable information about the impact of pesticide exposure on honey bee colony health in Virginia, helping both the apicultural and agricultural industries to reduce the loss of managed ...
Bees under threat from disease-carrying bumblebee imports, research reveals
Stricter controls over bumblebee imports to the UK are urgently required to prevent diseases spreading to native bumblebees and honeybees, scientists have warned. The call follows the discovery of parasites in over three-quarters ...