Bees warm up with a drink, too
When we venture out on a cool morning, nothing energises our body like a nice warm drink and new research reveals that bees also use the same idea when they're feeling cold.
Sundews just want to be loved
Sex can be complicated at the best of times, but plants have an extra difficulty. If you're a plant who relies on insects to pollinate your flowers and reproduce, you will want your flowerstalks to be long. ...
Bee pastures may help pollinators prosper
Beautiful wildflowers might someday be planted in "bee pastures," floral havens created as an efficient, practical, environmentally friendly, and economically sound way to produce successive generations of healthy young bees.
Researcher Studies How Flowers Fight Back Against Damaging Insect Visitors
Though summer's flowers appear delicate and carefree to us, in fact plants must be tough enough to defend their blossoms against antagonists including florivores and nectar robbers, that is, insects who eat, ...
Bumble bee visits a fritillary
Bumble bees can see which fritillary has the most nectar. Pollination by the bees protects plants against moulds.
British bees tagged to assess pesticide brain damage
British bees will be fitted with radio tags to monitor their movements and see if they are damaged by pesticides, in one of several studies unveiled on Tuesday to probe a decline in pollinating insects.
Study takes first good look at largely unknown native pollinators
(PhysOrg.com) -- Ask a regular Joe on the street what he knows about bees, and he'll no doubt believe you to be talking about the kind brought to the U.S. long ago from Europe for honey-making purposes.
Politics are a key factor in biodiversity
Political decisions are among the main driving forces that influence the survival of biodiversity. They have a direct impact on decisions in key areas of man's interaction with nature and the countryside, ...
No single cause for mass die off of honey bees: OIE
The huge die off of bees worldwide, a major threat to crops depending on the honey-making insects for pollination, is not due to any one single factor, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said Wednesday.
Breeding orchid species creates a new perfume
Some orchids mimic the scent of a female insect in order to attract males for pollination. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology found that breeding two of these orchid specie ...
Scientists, farmers begin trials of self-pollinating almond trees in California
Every spring, thousands of beehives are trucked into the San Joaquin Valley in California for a massive pollination of almond trees.
As honeybee colonies collapse, can native bees handle pollination?
(PhysOrg.com) -- With colony collapse disorder continuing to plague commercial beekeepers in many parts of the country, University of Wisconsin-Madison experts are studying whether native pollinators can supply ...
Scientists develop self-pollinating almond trees
Self-pollinating almond trees that can produce a bountiful harvest without insect pollination are being developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. This is good news for almond growers who face rising costs ...
Bees in more trouble than ever after bad winter
(AP) -- The mysterious 4-year-old crisis of disappearing honeybees is deepening. A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter, while a new study shows honeybees' pollen and hives laden ...