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 ...
Single gene separates queen from workers
Scientists have identified how a single gene in honey bees separates the queens from the workers.
New study confirms plight of bumble bees, persistence of other bees in Northeast
A new study shows that although certain bumble bees are at risk, other bee species in the northeastern United States persisted across a 140-year period despite expanding human populations and changing land ...
Honey bees are more effective at pollinating almonds when other species of bees are present
(Phys.org)—Honey bees are more effective at pollinating almonds when other species of bees are present, says an international research team in ground-breaking research just published in the Proceedings of ...
New studies reveal connections between animals' microbial communities and behavior
(Phys.org)—New research is revealing surprising connections between animal microbiomes—the communities of microbes that live inside animals' bodies—and animal behavior, according to a paper by University ...
Genetic study offers insight into the social lives of bees
Most people have trouble telling them apart, but bumble bees, honey bees, stingless bees and solitary bees have home lives that are as different from one another as a monarch's palace is from a hippie commune ...
US sees massive drop in bumble bees: study (Update)
Weakened by inbreeding and disease, bumble bees have died off at an astonishing rate over the past 20 years, with some US populations diving more than 90 percent, according to a new study.
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Franklin's bumble bee may be extinct
(PhysOrg.com) -- Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, just returned from a scientific trip to southern Oregon and Northern California ...
Studies highlight differences between banned pesticides
Two separate studies have added new weight to the idea that some varieties of controversial neonicotinoid pesticides are less harmful to bees than others.
Secrets of the museum: Historical insect collections reveal several bee species in decline
(Phys.org)—Countless drawers containing hundreds of thousands of bee specimens lie in insect museums and private collections across North America, some dating back to the 1800's. These historical collections ...
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 ...
Warm winter may bring pest-filled spring
(AP) -- The mild winter that has given many Northern farmers a break from shoveling and a welcome chance to catch up on maintenance could lead to a tough spring as many pests that would normally freeze have not.
The flight of the bumble bee: Why are they disappearing?
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is trying to learn what is causing the decline in bumble bee populations and also is searching for a species that can serve as the next generation of greenhouse pollinators.