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RoboBees get smart in pollen pursuit

(Phys.org) —When a scout honeybee returns to the hive, she performs a "waggle dance," looping and shaking her rear end in particular patterns to direct her comrades toward the jackpot of nectar and pollen ...

dateJun 10, 2013 in Hi Tech & Innovation
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Pollination merely one production factor

(Phys.org) —No food for the human race without bees? It is not quite as straightforward as that. A case study by ecologists from ETH Zurich in a coffee-growing area in India reveals that pollinating insects ...

dateJun 04, 2013 in Ecology
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Wildlife losses now stabilising

Efforts to conserve biodiversity in the UK, Belgium and Netherlands may be working, despite the widespread perception that wildlife is in terminal decline, a new study suggests.

dateMay 23, 2013 in Ecology
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Eco database to map landscape projects

Environmental projects which map some of the most important benefits we get from nature have been brought together for the first time in an online database, following national survey work by researchers in the University ...

dateMay 22, 2013 in Environment
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Encouraging signs for bee biodiversity

Declines in the biodiversity of pollinating insects and wild plants have slowed in recent years, according to a new study. Researchers led by the University of Leeds and the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in the Netherlands ...

dateMay 21, 2013 in Ecology
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Caffeine enhances bee memory

(Phys.org) —Caffeine is the naturally occurring drug most widely used by humans. In nature, though, it is reported to act as a bitter and toxic deterrent to herbivores, preventing leaves and seeds from ...

dateMay 13, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Scientists see if bees 'are what they eat'

(Phys.org) —In a paper published today in the peer-reviewed science journal PLoS ONE, researchers have presented a new model to explore how changes in food availability might influence honeybee colony growth ...

dateMay 08, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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