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On balance, some neonicotinoid pesticides could benefit bees

November 28, 2019

The story of neonicotinoids is growing more nuanced. Europe has banned outdoor use of three of these insecticides…
Interactive map shows nature’s contributions to people

October 11, 2019

Nature supports people in critical ways, often at a highly local level. A wild bee buzzes through a…
New Tool Improves Beekeepers’ Overwintering Odds and Bottom Line

September 19, 2019

A new tool from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) can predict the odds that honey bee colonies overwintered…
Hoary bat numbers declining at rate that suggests species in jeopardy in Pacific Northwest

September 12, 2019

The hoary bat, the species of bat most frequently found dead at wind power facilities, is declining at…
First time observed: monarch butterflies lay eggs in spring in Las Vegas

June 18, 2018

A Master Gardener’s five-year quest to increase pollinators by planting and conducting research with 30 varieties of milkweed…
Pesticides and Poor Nutrition Damage Animal Health

December 20, 2017

The combined effects of pesticides and a lack of nutrition form a deadly one-two punch, new research from…
Researchers Find Drastic Decline in New Hampshire’s Bumblebees

December 19, 2017

In the first long-term study of New Hampshire’s bumblebee population, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have…
Flowers match their colours to their scent to communicate with bees

September 15, 2017

Bees need flowers and flowers need bees. They have to communicate between each other in some way so…
Bee Buzzes Could Help Determine How to Save their Decreasing Population

June 8, 2017

According to recent studies, declines in wild and managed bee populations threaten the pollination of flowers in more…
Nicotine enhances bees’ activity

May 20, 2017

The researchers used artificial flowers in a tightly-monitored flight arena in the laboratory to mimic how flowering plants…
Sexually deceptive spider orchids fool wasps

May 8, 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers from The Australian National University, have uncovered…
Common insecticides are riskier than thought to predatory insects

December 8, 2016

Neonicotinoids — the most widely used class of insecticides — significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used…
Production of seedless fruits an under-estimated tool for improving food security, research shows

November 15, 2016

The opportunity to produce bountiful levels of vital food crops such as apples, tomatoes and watermelons could be…
Bees remain excellent searchers even when ill

September 13, 2016

Radar technology has been used to show for the first time that bees remain nimble and able to…
Looking Different Than Your Parents Can Be an Evolutionary Advantage

August 9, 2016

Looking different to your parents can provide species with a way to escape evolutionary dead ends, according to…
Sunflowers Move by the Clock

August 6, 2016

It’s summertime, and the fields of Yolo County are filled with ranks of sunflowers, dutifully watching the rising…
Bees’ ability to forage decreases as air pollution increases

July 8, 2016

Air pollutants interact with and break down plant-emitted scent molecules, which insect pollinators use to locate needed food,…
Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen

June 30, 2016

Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State.…
Protection of Pollinator World Is Important to Agriculture

June 22, 2016

Some of our tiny planetary cohabitants contribute significantly to our ability to grow and access foods, but some…
Supporting Pollinators Could Have Big Payoff for Texas Cotton Farmers

June 19, 2016

According to a new study by The University of Texas at Austin, increasing the diversity of pollinator species,…
Function of night time pollinators is disrupted by street lights

June 4, 2016

Human activity has a tremendous effect on nature. Not only big companies are polluting the atmosphere of the…
Selfish bumblebees are not prepared to share

March 19, 2016

“Like other pollinators, bees face complex routing challenges when collecting nectar and pollen – they have to learn…
Heavy metal fan from Australia – unique pollination technique observed for the first time

December 24, 2015

Internet often makes fun of Australia for having a crazy wildlife, which is both incredible and scary. However,…
Bee may not be the be-all and end-all for crop pollination

December 2, 2015

Farmers who use pesticides that spare bees but kill other insects might be ignoring important sources of crop…
Managed Bees Spread and Intensify Diseases in Wild Bees

November 9, 2015

For various reasons, wild pollinators are in decline across many parts of the world. To combat this, managed…
Scientists discover ancient safety valve linking pollen to bacteria

October 24, 2015

Like seeds, pollen loses most of its water during maturation, entering a state of suspended animation. This allows…
It’s blackberry season! Summer fruits depend on pollinators. But where have all the bees gone?

July 28, 2015

Blackberries and blueberries. Cherries and peaches. Raspberries and apricots. These and many other summer fruits require pollination by…
Deceptive flowers

July 14, 2015

Some pollinators not only provide fertilization services for flowering plants, they also lay their eggs on the plants’…
The Butterfly Effect: Insect’s Wings Key to Azalea Pollination

June 10, 2015

A researcher from North Carolina State University has found that in the case of the flame azalea (Rhododendron…
Conifer study illustrates twists of evolution

April 28, 2015

An apparently advantageous mechanism of conifer pollination has nevertheless been disappearing over millions of years, a new study…
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