Feral honeybees pose a danger to native bees and the ecosystems that depend on them

By Daniel Rubinoff on January 16, 2018   As winter bears down, thoughts of summer and flowers might seem far off, but now is the time to turn our attention to the plight of pollinators and make critical changes to how we manage our environment, and the crops that feed us. Every year the common honeybee, Apis mellifera, is trotted … More Feral honeybees pose a danger to native bees and the ecosystems that depend on them

Agricultural fungicide attracts honey bees

  Fungicides are among the top contaminants of honey bee hives and can interfere with the bees’ ability to metabolize other pesticides. Credit: Photo by L. Brian Stauffer When given the choice, honey bee foragers prefer to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone, researchers report in the journal Scientific Reports. … More Agricultural fungicide attracts honey bees

Ingesting honey after swallowing button battery reduces injury and improves outcomes

  A team of ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists has demonstrated that eating honey after swallowing a button battery has the potential to reduce serious injuries in small children. Based on findings in laboratory animals, the research suggests that this common household product may significantly reduce morbidity and mortality from highly caustic batteries. “Button batteries … More Ingesting honey after swallowing button battery reduces injury and improves outcomes