France to ban Swiss pesticide as bee threat
The French government is to ban a pesticide made by Swiss giant Syngenta used in rapeseed cultivation that has been found to shorten bees' lifespan, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said Friday.
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 ...
Blowing in the wind: How hidden flower features are crucial for bees
As gardeners get busy filling tubs and borders with colourful bedding plants, scientists at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol have discovered more about what makes flowers attractive to bees rather than humans. Published ...
Homecoming buzz: short-haired bees return to UK
(AP) -- A conservationist says she is releasing 100 short-haired bees into the wild, 20 years after they were wiped out in the British countryside.
Bees at risk from chemicals increase, scientists say
Pesticide use rose by 6.5% between 2005 and 2010, increasing the risk to bee populations, according to new research from the University of Reading launched today by Friends of the Earth.
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.
Research looks at impact on honeybees from chemicals and mites
(Phys.org) -- University of Florida honeybee researcher Jamie Ellis is interested in what happens to bees that encounter chemicals and Varroa mites but hes even more interested in how younger bees fare long-term ...
Bee research breakthrough might lead to artificial vision
(Phys.org) -- An international research breakthrough with bees means machines might soon be able to see almost as well as humans.
Insect glands may illuminate human fertilization process
Insect glands are responsible for producing a host of secretions that allow bees to sting and ants to lay down trails to and from their nests. New research from Carnegie scientists focuses on secretions from glands in the ...
Global prices of pollination-dependent products such as coffee could rise in the long term: study
In recent years the economic value of pollination-dependent crops has substantially increased around the world. As a team of researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Technical ...
Selenium impacts honey bee behavior and survival
(Phys.org) -- Entomologists at the University of California, Riverside have a proof of concept that selenium, a nonmetal chemical element, can disrupt the foraging behavior and survival of honey ...
Honeybees waggle found to be disturbed by gravity
Can behavior be controlled by genes? The case of honeybee work assignments
What worker bees do depends on how old they are. A worker a few days old will become a nurse bee that devotes herself to feeding larvae (brood), secreting beeswax to seal the cells that contain brood and attending ...
Promiscuous queen bees maintain genetic diversity
By mating with nearly 100 males, queen bees on isolated islands avoid inbreeding and keep colonies healthy.