Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections
Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Manganese speeds up honey bees
Asked to name one way people have changed the environment, many people would probably say "global warming." But that's really just the start of it.
Hive calculations yield better homes for migrating bees
Have you ever danced for joy when you found a great place to live? How about performing that dance to persuade the rest of the family you should move there?
Flower-enriched farms boost bee populations
A two-year study of farms in West Sussex and Hampshire found that England's most common bumblebee species saw significant population growth where targeted, bee-friendly planting schemes were in place.
Pesticides not the sole culprit in honey bee colony declines
Colony declines are a major threat to the world's honey bees, as well as the many wild plants and crops the bees pollinate. Among the lineup of possible culprits—including parasites, disease, climate stress ...
Study shows some spiders have individualized personalities
Researchers glue bar codes on to ants to study individual behavior within group (w/ video)
Evolution shapes new rules for ant behavior
In ancient Greece, the city-states that waited until their own harvest was in before attacking and destroying a rival community's crops often experienced better long-term success.
Researchers find high-fructose corn syrup may be tied to worldwide collapse of bee colonies
Researchers confirm that neonicotinoid insecticides impair bee's brains
Research at the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee has confirmed that levels of neonicotinoid insecticides accepted to exist in agriculture cause both impairment of bumblebees' brain cells and subsequent ...
Fire ants assemble as a 'super-organism' (w/ video)
The ants may go marching one by one, but they end up forming a superstructure of thousands -- and together they can form a raft that stretches the boundaries of the laws of physics, according to new research ...
Field study shows group decision making not always the best
Fractal patterns spontaneously emerge during bacterial cell growth
Scientists discover highly asymmetric and branched patterns are the result of physical forces and local instabilities; research has important implications for understanding biofilms and multicellular systems.
'Stressed' young bees could be the cause of colony collapse
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a major threat to bee colonies around the world and affects their ability to perform vital human food crop pollination. It has been a cause of urgent concern for scientists ...