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?

Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have reduced protein in goldenrod pollen, a key late-season food source for North American bees, a Purdue University study shows.

Researchers found that the overall protein concentration of goldenrod pollen fell about one-third from the onset of the Industrial Revolution to the beginning of the 21st century. Previous studies have shown that increases in carbon dioxide can lower the nutritional value of plants such as wheat and rice — staple crops for much of the … More Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have reduced protein in goldenrod pollen, a key late-season food source for North American bees, a Purdue University study shows.

Honeybee populations are under attack but the founders of nonprofit HoneyLove believe bees’ best future is in cities. And Save the Bees supports well managed urban groups like HoneyLove.

By Daniel B. Wood West Los Angeles, Calif. — Butterflies and hummingbirds flit in the shafts of light behind Chelsea McFarland as she tells a group of about 20 interested volunteers – residents ages 6 to 66 from around this West Los Angeles suburb – what they can do to combat the dramatic worldwide depletion of the … More Honeybee populations are under attack but the founders of nonprofit HoneyLove believe bees’ best future is in cities. And Save the Bees supports well managed urban groups like HoneyLove.

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  

Sunflower pollen has medicinal, protective effects on bees

With bee populations in decline, a new study offers hope for a relatively simple mechanism to promote bee health and well-being: providing bees access to sunflowers. The study, conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, showed that two different species of bees fed a diet of sunflower pollen … More Sunflower pollen has medicinal, protective effects on bees

Inbreeding and disease are factors in decline of yellow-banded bumblebee

Clues show that their immune genes are under selection, pointing to disease as a likely cause of yellow-banded bumblebee. By sequencing the genome of the yellow-banded bumblebee, York University researchers have found that inbreeding and disease are likely culprits in their rapid decline in North America. This is believed to be the first time the genome … More Inbreeding and disease are factors in decline of yellow-banded bumblebee