Pesticides, which are sprayed in the amounts of billions of pounds per year, have been making a lot of noise lately. This is because multiple published studies, and hundreds of scientists all over the world have identified (without a doubt) them as a catalyst for multiple major human health ailments, including cancer, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s … More New Harvard Study Measures Pesticide Accumulation In Bee Hive Honey: Alarming Results
Why eat nasty things? Because your enemy finds it even nastier Solitary mason bees specializing on sunflower pollen were not attacked by a common brood-parasitic wasp, which lays eggs in the nests, where its larvae kill bee eggs and eat their pollen provisions. A Sapyga wasp lurking at the entrance of a mason bee … More Sunflower pollen protects bees from parasites
The declines of honey bees and other pollinators have been at the forefront of recent scientific publications and popular press. Accumulating evidence suggests that no single stressor alone is responsible for declines. Rather, it is probably a combination of abiotic and biotic factors acting in synchrony, to have a negative impact on pollinator populations. Pesticides … More Pollinator exposure to neonicotinoid and other insecticides results in population decline of the bees
New insights into the reproductive secrets of one of the world’s tiniest and most destructive parasites — the Varroa mite — has scientists edging closer to regulating them. The new research explores the fertility of the notorious mite, a pest that is devastating honeybee populations worldwide. Varroa mites feed on a honeybee larva. New MSU … More Bee vampire picks the right host to suck
Increasing the diversity of pollinator species can dramatically increase cotton production, according to a new study. In South Texas alone, this could boost cotton production by up to 18 percent, yielding an increase in annual revenue of more than $1.1 million. Bee hovers over cotton flower in South Texas. Credit: Sarah Cusser According to a … More Supporting pollinators could have big payoff for Texas cotton farmers
Although more than 1,000 new beekeepers have registered in Pennsylvania since 2014, it is unclear how big a contribution they are making. By Aidan Quigley Can backyard beekeepers help stem the losses from colony collapse disorder? Maybe, say experts. In Pennsylvania, more than 1,000 new beekeepers have registered since 2014, increasing the number of beekeepers … More Can ‘backyard beekeepers’ solve the bee crisis?
Colonies of the Eastern honey bee, the original host of parasitic Varroa destructor mites, survive infestations that are fatal to Western honey bees. A Varroa mite on a honey bee pupa. Credit: Vincent Dietemann, Agroscope A research team from Agroscope and the Institute of Bee Health at the University of Bern (both Switzerland), together with … More Weak bees make strong colonies