Bee buzzes could help determine how to save their decreasing population

According to recent studies, declines in wild and managed bee populations threaten the pollination of flowers in more than 85 percent of flowering plants and 75 percent of agricultural crops worldwide. Widespread and effective monitoring of bee populations could lead to better management; however, tracking bees is tricky and costly. Now, a research team led … More Bee buzzes could help determine how to save their decreasing population

How honey bee gut bacteria help to digest their pollen-rich diet

The honey bee gut is colonized by specialized bacteria that help digest components of the floral pollen diet and produce molecules that likely promote bee health. In a study publishing 12 December in the open access journal PLOS Biology, a group of researchers led by Philipp Engel at the University of Lausanne and ETH Zürich, Switzerland, … More How honey bee gut bacteria help to digest their pollen-rich diet

A Frightening Review of Recent Chemical Company Megamergers, Not to Mention the Thousands of Lawsuits Against the Tragic Effects

MARC STEINER: In 2016 I covered the battle by farmers and environmentalists to stop Bayer and Monsanto from merging into one company. The Department of Justice just ruled that the merger of these two corporate giants could take place. You know the name Bayer as aspirin. You might take an Aleve now and then for your … More A Frightening Review of Recent Chemical Company Megamergers, Not to Mention the Thousands of Lawsuits Against the Tragic Effects

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

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

Pollination

Ungroomed sites correspond with flower pollen-sacs and stigmas After grooming, bees still have pollen on body parts that match the position of flower pollen-sacs and stigmas, according to a study published September 6, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Petra Wester from Heinrich-Heine-University, Germany, and colleagues. Flowers depend on pollen for pollination, and flower-visiting bees … More Pollination