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It's no secret that in recent years, US honeybee
and butterfly populations have been in serious decline. Though it wouldn't be the first time, now the federal government is stepping in, announcing its plan to boost numbers of these helpful ...
A prolonged and mysterious die-off of the nation's honeybee
s, a trend worrisome both to beekeepers and to farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops, apparently worsened last year.
In an annual survey released on ...
Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides in the same way humans get hooked on cigarettes, according to a new study, which was released as a landmark field trial provided further evidence that such neonicotinoids harm bee ...
Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc will stop selling a type of pesticide suspected of causing a decline in honeybee
populations needed to pollinate key American crops, following a few U.S. retailers who have taken similar steps last ...
Climate change deniers should be punished in the eyes of former Vice President Al Gore, saying Friday that politicians who reject "accepted science" should pay the price for their ignorance.
Gore, an active environmental activist, spoke ...
Insect pollinators like bees love feasting on the sweet nectar and pollen of flowering plants
, but while tasty, they also contain natural toxins that can negatively affect bee behavior, according to a new study.
Plants like lupin and ...
Coating soybean seeds with a class of insecticides that has been implicated in honeybee
deaths and partially banned in the European Union does not increase soybean yields compared to using no pesticides at all, according to an extensive review by ...
Citrus greening, the plague that could wipe out Florida's $9 billion orange industry, begins with the touch of a jumpy brown bug on a sun-kissed leaf.From there, the bacterial disease incubates in the tree's roots, then moves back up the ...
s originated from Asia and not Africa, states a new study.
Researchers at the Uppsala University used genomic analysis to decode evolutionary history of honeybee
s. The team said that the honeybee
(Apis mellifera) came from an ...
Kristy Allen and Mark O'Rourke are bee ambassadors with deceptively similar messages. Allen, founder of a small business called the Beez Kneez, pedals through the Twin Cities selling honey from a bike trailer and handing out lawn signs that read, ...
Not every bee may count, but Sam Droege is counting every bee.
On Saturdays, the head of the landmark Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program at the U.S. Geological Survey leaves his straw-bale house, where bees burrow in the walls, ...
Bees' ability to forage for pollen is hampered by long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide, researchers behind a new study found.
Conducted by Nigel Raine of the University of Guelph and Richard Gill of Imperial College London, ...
Scientists have discovered that blueberry plants
visited by more diverse bee species increased their seed number, berry size and fruit set, and quickened their ripening time. They hope their findings encourage farmers to help support local wild ...
A novel bio-pesticide created using spider venom and a plant protein has been found to be safe for honeybee
s--despite being highly toxic to a number of key insect pests.
New research, led by Newcastle University, has tested the ...
1. Become a beekeeper
Beekeeping is a most enjoyable, fascinating and interesting hobby – and you get to eat your own honey too. Every year local beekeeping associations run courses to help new people to take up beekeeping and even help ...
Two years ago, Steve McDaniel’s bees started dropping like flies.
“This has all the marks of a pesticide kill,” he said, describing the piles of dead bees that appeared outside his hives. “It’s the only thing that makes ...
From vicious drought to terrible storms, climate change is affecting people throughout the world. Writer Jim Barilla sees that climate change is being felt in his own urban garden in South Carolina. He tells host Steve Curwood how climate ...
A surprising finding about East African honeybee
s lends new hope to the fight against colony collapses in the West. Scientists have discovered that bees in Kenya have strong resistance to the same pathogens responsible for the deaths of billions ...
Their striking yellow and black stripes, larger size than honey bees and loud buzzing sounds make them seem slightly fearsome. But twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction on The IUCN Red List of Threatened ...
For the last few years, Richard Rant has agreed to let researchers introduce strips of wildflowers among the blueberry plants
on his family’s farm in West Olive, Michigan. It’s part of an experiment to see if the wildflowers can encourage ...
The mysterious mass die-offs of honeybee
s that have wiped out roughly a third of commercial colonies each year since 2006 may be linked to a rapidly mutating virus that jumped from tobacco plants
to soy plants
to bees, according to a new ...
This is an alarming story, not because it ends badly. It's alarming because it ends well. It shouldn't have, but it did, and biologists (and especially conservationists) now have a puzzle to ponder.
The story begins in central China, in ...
Though they’re bigger (and arguably cuter), bumblebees tend to get overshadowed by European honeybee
s. We’ve all heard that honeybee
colonies are collapsing, but did you know that the bumblebees that been have been pollinating America’s native ...
Stories about the declining bee population and its effects on the environment trickle through the news cycle nearly every day. To keep track of the latest bee news and make sense of the issues, we're highlighting the major bee stories each week, ...
A self-described “average 51-year-old book author with a receding hairline” turned “unlikely and somewhat reluctant” activist, Bill McKibben these days is something of a rock star.
McKibben first stepped into the climate scene with "The ...