Scientists track gene activity when honey bees do and don’t eat honey: Significant differences depending on diet

Many beekeepers feed their honey bees sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup when times are lean inside the hive. This practice has come under scrutiny, however, in response to colony collapse disorder, the massive — and as yet not fully explained — annual die-off of honey bees in the U.S. and Europe. Some suspect that inadequate … More Scientists track gene activity when honey bees do and don’t eat honey: Significant differences depending on diet

The weaker sex: Male honey bees more susceptible than females to widespread intestinal parasite

A research team has found that male European honey bees, or drones, are much more susceptible than female European honey bees, known as workers, to a fungal intestinal parasite called Nosema ceranae. Originally from Asia, Nosema ceranae has rapidly spread throughout the world, and may contribute to the high number of colony deaths now observed … More The weaker sex: Male honey bees more susceptible than females to widespread intestinal parasite

New data unearths pesticide peril in beehives

Honeybees create honey in their hive through the topped-out combs, and they keep beebread — their food — in the other combs. Credit: © gudrin / Fotolia Honeybees — employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season — encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed … More New data unearths pesticide peril in beehives

Flower-rich habitats increase survival of bumblebee families

New research led by the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has revealed for the first time that flower-rich habitats are key to enhancing the survival of bumblebee families between years The results, which come from the largest ever study of its kind on wild bumblebee populations, will help farmers and policy makers manage the … More Flower-rich habitats increase survival of bumblebee families

UN experts denounce ‘myth’ pesticides are necessary to feed the world

Report warns of catastrophic consequences and blames manufacturers for ‘systematic denial of harms’ and ‘unethical marketing tactics’ The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing global population is a myth, according to UN food and pollution experts. A new report being presented to the UN human rights council on Wednesday, is severely critical … More UN experts denounce ‘myth’ pesticides are necessary to feed the world

Flower-rich habitats increase survival of bumblebee families

New research led by the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has revealed for the first time that flower-rich habitats are key to enhancing the survival of bumblebee families between years The results, which come from the largest ever study of its kind on wild bumblebee populations, will help farmers and policy makers manage the … More Flower-rich habitats increase survival of bumblebee families