‘Bee’ thankful for the evolution of pollen Researchers discover wildflower’s spiny pollen adapts to help plants reproduce.

Have pollen. Must travel. Over 80% of the world’s flowering plants must reproduce in order to produce new flowers, according to the U.S. Forest Service. This process involves the transfer of pollen between plants by wind, water or insects called pollinators — including bumblebees. In a new study, researchers at the University of Missouri discovered … More ‘Bee’ thankful for the evolution of pollen Researchers discover wildflower’s spiny pollen adapts to help plants reproduce.

Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers.

Rob Kesseler & Madeline Harley Foreword by Sir Peter Crane The extraordinary beauty and structure of pollen grains invisible to the naked eye. 200 x 220 mm 264 pages Hardback ISBN: 978-1-906506-51-3 £20.00 IPPY Gold Medal 2006 – Outstanding Book of the Year: Most Original Design Subjects: Nature, Photography First published ten years ago, this … More Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers.

Pollinator friendliness can extend beyond early spring.

A study out of the University of Arkansas investigated whether bulbs can flower and persist in warm-season lawns while providing nutrition for pollinating insects. Michelle Wisdom, Michael Richardson, Douglas Karcher, Donald Steinkraus, and Garry McDonald sought to determine the parameters by which bulbs can survive and be serviceable beyond their peak seasons. Their findings are … More Pollinator friendliness can extend beyond early spring.

With flower preferences, bees have a big gap between the sexes

Scores of wild bee species, females and males, visit very different flowers for food — a discovery that could be important for conservation efforts, according to Rutgers-led research. Indeed, the diets of female and male bees of the same species could be as different as the diets of different bee species, according to a study … More With flower preferences, bees have a big gap between the sexes

As bumblebee diets narrow, ours could too

Fewer plants cause developmental delays for prolific produce pollinators. A new study reveals the loss of plant diversity harms the humble bumblebee at a critical stage in its development from egg to adult. There has been a lot of buzz about honeybees’ failing health because they pollinate our produce. Less well known is how critical … More As bumblebee diets narrow, ours could too

On Monsanto

Marc Steiner: The world’s biggest chemical company is not only responsible for killing off our bees, its killing off people, as well, and the predatory, profit-driven organization is using rogue science to try and hoodwink the public into agreeing with them. The giant biotech agribusiness chemical company , recently merged with Bayer, is, of course, Monsanto, … More On Monsanto

Tips to Create a Pollinator Friendly Garden

Want to create pollinator habitat in your neighbourhood? Plant native: Choose native plants, trees and shrubs rich in pollen and nectar. Locally grown and pesticide free are best. Provide continuous bloom: Pollinators need a continuous source of pollen and nectar so select a variety of plants that will bloom from spring to fall. Mass plantings: Planting multiples of … More Tips to Create a Pollinator Friendly Garden