Think about bees, say researchers, as Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument Shrinks

Monument’s original boundaries are a hotspot of pollinator biodiversity. The state of Utah’s nickname is “The Beehive State,” and the moniker couldn’t be more apt, say Utah State University scientists. One out of every four bee species in the United States is found In Utah and the arid, western state is home to more bee … More Think about bees, say researchers, as Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument Shrinks

Harnessing the Power of Vaccines to Benefit Bees

Vaccines are one of humanity’s greatest medical breakthroughs—ridding the world of smallpox, limiting outbreaks of mumps and measles and putting polio on the ropes. Now, reports Bill Chapell at NPR, researchers are hoping to harness the power of vaccines for the first time to help honeybees, which are currently being bombarded by a long list of threats. … More Harnessing the Power of Vaccines to Benefit Bees

Bees on the brink

Pesticide exposure can dramatically impact bees’ social behaviors, study shows, For bees, being social is everything. Whether it’s foraging for food, caring for the young, using their bodies to generate heat or to fan the nest, or building and repairing nests, a bee colony does just about everything as a single unit. While recent studies … More Bees on the brink

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?