Total buzz kill: Metals in flowers may play role in bumblebee decline
(Phys.org) —Beekeepers and researchers nationally are reporting growing evidence that a powerful new class of pesticides may be killing off bumblebees. Now, research at the University of Pittsburgh points ...
US survey finds 23% of bee colonies died this winter
Nearly one out of four American honeybee colonies died this winter—a loss that's not quite as bad as recent years, says a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey of beekeepers.
Survey finds slower decline of honeybee colonies
(AP) -- The decline of honeybee colonies has slowed slightly since last fall, but a mysterious combination of ailments is still decimating the insect's population, federal researchers say.
Common agricultural chemicals shown to impair honey bees' health
Commercial honey bees used to pollinate crops are exposed to a wide variety of agricultural chemicals, including common fungicides which impair the bees' ability to fight off a potentially lethal parasite, ...
Winter honey bee losses decline
Total losses of managed honey bee colonies from all causes dropped to 21.9 percent nationwide for the 2011/2012 winter, a decline of some 8 percentage points or 27 percent from the approximately 30 percent ...
EU court backs angry honeymaker in GM pollen row
The presence of pollen from GM maize in honey, even in minuscule quantities, renders farm produce commercially void in the European Union, the bloc's top court said Tuesday.
Commonly used pesticide turns honey bees into 'picky eaters'
Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that a small dose of a commonly used crop pesticide turns honey bees into "picky eaters" and affects their ability to recruit their nestmates to otherwise good sources of food.
Urban beekeeping generates buzz
Walking up to the roof of the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C., is not a jaw-dropping experience. Exit the door and you are confronted with a sea of roof tiles and empty space -- there is nothing about this rooftop that ...
Bees in more trouble than ever after bad winter
(AP) -- The mysterious 4-year-old crisis of disappearing honeybees is deepening. A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter, while a new study shows honeybees' pollen and hives laden ...
Rise in urban beekeeping may have gone too far, scientists warn
University of Sussex scientists are urging people in towns and cities keen to help the honey bee not to buy a hive but to grow bee-friendly flowers instead.
Microbial team may be culprit in colony collapse disorder
New research from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) identifies a new potential cause for "Colony Collapse Disorder" in honeybees. A group of pathogens including a fungus and family of viruses may be working ...
UN alarmed at huge deline in bee numbers
The UN on Thursday expressed alarm at a huge decline in bee colonies under a multiple onslaught of pests and pollution, urging an international effort to save the pollinators that are vital for food crops.
Beekeepers try to stop the pollinator's decline
Andrew Westrich lifted the top from a waist-high wood box in his suburban backyard.
Sweet deception: New test distinguishes impure honey from the real thing
Here's some sweet news for honey lovers: Researchers in France are reporting development of a simple test for distinguishing 100 percent natural honeys from adulterated or impure versions that they say are ...