In the absence of bees, flies are responsible for pollination in the Arctic region.

Most of the fauna in the Arctic region take part in pollinating, yet during the busiest flowering weeks, there’s a shortage of such services. A recent study indicates that the pollination services provided to plants and, thus, the plants’ ability to produce seeds are dependent on the timing of the blooming season, and on how … More In the absence of bees, flies are responsible for pollination in the Arctic region.

Common pesticide damages honey bees’ ability to fly

A honey bee (Apis mellifera) is harnessed for study on a flight mill in biology professor James Nieh’s laboratory, UC San Diego. Credit: Simone Tosi, UC San Diego Biologists at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that a widely used pesticide can significantly impair the ability of otherwise healthy … More Common pesticide damages honey bees’ ability to fly

Can stress management help save honeybees?

These are honeybees foraging on sunflower. Credit: F.M. Buian, University of Udine Honeybee populations are clearly under stress–from the parasitic Varroa mite, insecticides, and a host of other factors–but it’s been difficult to pinpoint any one of them as the root cause of devastating and unprecedented losses in honeybee hives. Researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Trends … More Can stress management help save honeybees?

The mushroom dream of a ‘long-haired hippy’ could help save the world’s bees  

By EVAN BUSH The Seattle Times SEATTLE—The epiphany that mushrooms could help save the world’s ailing bee colonies struck Paul Stamets while he was in bed. Years ago, in 1984, Stamets had noticed a “continuous convoy of bees” travelling from a patch of mushrooms he was growing and his beehives. The bees actually moved wood chips to … More The mushroom dream of a ‘long-haired hippy’ could help save the world’s bees  

Bees prefer warm violets in cool forests, scientists discover

Research by scientists at Saint Louis University’s Bernhardt/Meier Laboratory engaged in a study of Missouri bees and wildflowers has been published in the online Journal of Pollination Ecology. Peter Bernhardt, Ph.D., a professor of biology at SLU and research associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney, New … More Bees prefer warm violets in cool forests, scientists discover

Bee decline threatens US crop production

First US wild bee map reveals 139 ‘trouble zone’ counties The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country’s most important farmlands — from California’s Central Valley to the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley. A new study of wild bees identifies 139 counties in key agricultural … More Bee decline threatens US crop production

A stinging report: Climate change a major threat to bumble bees

New research from a team of Florida State University scientists and their collaborators is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide. This is Bombus bifarius, one of the three species of bumble bee studied by the Ogilvie and her team. Credit: Jane Ogilvie … More A stinging report: Climate change a major threat to bumble bees