Europe set to ban bee-killing pesticides (Update)
The European Commission received the go-ahead Monday to slap a two-year ban across the European Union on the use of pesticides blamed for a sharp decline in bee populations, an EU diplomat said.
The honey and the ivy: Why gardeners' foe is the bees' friend
Ivy, often maligned as a garden pest, is vital to honey bees and other pollinators seeking food in autumn, new research from the University of Sussex reveals.
EU set to ban pesticides blamed for decline of bees
The EU appears set to impose a two-year ban on the use of insecticides blamed for a sharp and worrying decline in bee populations, an EU source said Thursday.
The bee's knees for detecting disease
Fire blight is a serious threat to fruit trees. Now a quick test has been developed at the Vienna University of Technology, which can indicate the danger early - with the help of bees.
Life is sweet for beekeepers in Greece, but for how long?
The rosemary season has ended, but sage is in full bloom. In the fragrant hills of the Peloponnese in southern Greece, after a few sharp turns along a path, Nikos Reppas' old car arrives at bee heaven: a ...
Bumblebees use logic to find the best flowers
Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), have discovered why bees copy each other when looking for nectar – and the answer is remarkably simple.
Let me introduce myself: Leafcutter bee Megachile chomskyi from Texas
The genus Megachile is a cosmopolitan group of solitary bees, often called leafcutter bees. This is one of the largest genera of bees, with well over 1,500 species in over 50 subgenera. A new species, Meg ...
Wing flexibility enhances load-lifting capacity in bumblebees (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —New research published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B demonstrates that the secret of bumblebees' capacity for lifting relatively heavy loads lies in the flexibility of their wings. ...
Thousands of pesticides dodge US regulation
Thousands of pesticides are allowed onto the US market without rigorous safety testing, putting people, animals and crop pollinators like bees at risk, a US environmental group said Wednesday.
Pesticide combination affects bees' ability to learn
Two new studies have highlighted a negative impact on bees' ability to learn following exposure to a combination of pesticides commonly used in agriculture. The researchers found that the pesticides, used ...
Happy honeybees: Student applying engineering research to agriculture
Small hive beetles are indigenous to Africa, but have been damaging beehives in the United States and Australia for several years. Rowan Sprague, a University of Virginia fourth-year student, wants to stop ...
EU plans new bid to protect bees
The European Commission said Tuesday it will try again to get member states to back a two-year ban on insecticides harmful to bees whose numbers have been in sharp and worrying decline.
Studies find wild bees and insects essential to food security
Wild pollinators – primarily wild bees, flies, and other insects – are at least as important, and often more efficient, at pollinating agricultural crops than domestic honey bee colonies, according to ...
Social bees mark dangerous flowers with chemical signals
Scientists already knew that some social bee species warn their conspecifics when detecting the presence of a predator near their hive, which in turn causes an attack response to the possible predator. Researchers ...