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How Gene Expression Differs Between Castes In Ants
2014-01-30 11:53:06

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Novel or highly modified genes play a major role in the development of the different castes within ant colonies. Evolutionary biologists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) came to this conclusion in a recent gene expression study. Dr. Barbara Feldmeyer and her colleagues at the JGU Institute of Zoology studied the question how the different female castes arise. An ant colony generally consists of a queen and the workers. Moreover, workers can...

Honey Bee Queens And Workers Are Separated By A Single Gene
2014-01-30 04:43:59

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a hive of honey bees, the jobs of queen and worker are drastically different. A new study from Michigan State University and Wayne State University reveals, however, that only a single gene separates the two. The findings, published in Biology Letters, show this gene not only determines leg and wing development, but it also plays a crucial role in the evolution of bees' ability to carry pollen. “This gene is critical in making...

Commonly Used Pesticides Kill Honeybee Larvae In Their Hives
2014-01-27 13:54:54

Sara LaJeunesse - Penn State Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) -- an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive -- is highly toxic to honeybee larvae. "We found that four of the pesticides most commonly found in beehives kill bee larvae," said Jim Frazier, professor of...

Honeybees Infected By Plant Virus
2014-01-21 09:51:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A virus that typically infects plants has been found to infect honeybees and could be responsible for the widespread collapse of honeybee colonies around the world, according to a new report in the journal mBio. The study team said they made their discovery when conducting routine screenings of bees for common and atypical viruses. The screenings “resulted in the serendipitous detection of Tobacco Ringspot Virus, or TRSV, and...

honey bee with sensor
2014-01-21 04:13:19

[ Watch the Video: What's The New Buzz On Saving Honeybees? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are teaming up to fit tiny sensors onto honey bees in Australia to monitor the insects and understand the drivers behind Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Honeybees across the world are facing CCD, threatening populations and causing concern among scientists. A team at CSIRO is leading the research initiative to try and learn more about CCD, as well as monitor...

Bumblebees Shrinking Pesticide
2014-01-20 14:56:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, pesticides could be causing worker bees to shrink. A study by researchers from the Royal Holloway University of London found that exposure to pesticides causes worker bumblebees to grow less and hatch at a smaller size. The team found that prolonged exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide reduces the size of individual bees produced by a colony. The team researched colonies...

honey bees
2014-01-19 03:58:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Male European honey bees are far more susceptible to a widespread fungal intestinal parasite than female members of the species, according to new research appearing in the January 17 edition of the open-access scientific journal PLoS ONE. The parasite, which is known as Nosema ceranae, originated in Asia but has spread rapidly to all corners of the world in recent years and could be partially responsible for the elevated number of...

2014-01-15 23:20:38

Domestic and global weather conditions, import competition and the incidence of disease have defined revenue and production volumes for the Beekeeping industry during the five years to 2013; however, US beekeepers will likely market their products for new activities in the near future, keeping the industry afloat. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Beekeeping industry in its growing industry report collection. New York, NY (PRWEB) January 15,...

Demand For Pollination More Than Honeybee Numbers
2014-01-09 14:27:48

Pensoft Publishers Research conducted by the University of Reading's Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, and funded by the EU FP7 project STEP and the Insect Pollinators Initiative Crops project, indicates that demand for pollination services has risen five times as fast as the number of colonies across Europe. The study, led by Professor Simon Potts, compared the number of available honeybee colonies in 41 European countries with their demands for pollination services in the years...

Invisible Light Patterns Help Bees Find Food Even On Cloudy Days
2014-01-08 05:06:45

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bees are excellent navigators. Once they stumble upon a food source, they keep coming back to the same spot without faltering. They also have a great sense of smell and can recognize color patterns and symmetry in flowers – admirable feats for an insect whose brain is the size of a sesame seed. Scientists have long known that bees use the sunlight like a compass to map their route to the flowers full of succulent dew. They also...


Latest Beekeeping Reference Libraries

Melissophobia
2013-12-24 11:13:46

Melissophobia or the fear of bees, from Greek melissa, meaning honey bee and phobos, meaning fear, and sometimes misspelled as melissaphobia and known also as apiphobia, is one of the most common fears among people and is kind of a specific phobia. The majority of the population have been stung by a bee or had friends or family members stung. A child may fall victim to a bee sting while playing outside. The sting can be rather painful and in some individuals results in swelling which might...

Apiology
2012-10-15 16:00:21

Apiology is the scientific study of honey bees, a subdiscipline of melittology (the study of all bees), which is a subdiscipline of entomology. Melittology comprises of more than 17,000 species other than the honey bee. Apiology includes apicology, which is the study of honey bee ecology. Honey bees are often chosen as a study group to answer questions on the evolution of social systems. People who study honey bees are called apiologists. There have been a number of notable apiologists...

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2005-09-09 09:43:40

The bumblebee is a flying insect of the genus Bombus in the family Apidae and a relative of the common honeybee. The bumblebee feeds on nectar and gathers pollen to feed its young. They are beneficial to humans and the plant world alike, and tend to be larger than other members of the bee family. Most bumblebee species are gentle. From this comes their original name: "Humblebee". Bumblebees are social insects that are known for their black and yellow striped bodies, a commonality among the...

Honeybee
2005-09-08 09:11:58

The honeybee is a colonial insect that is often maintained, fed, and transported by farmers. Honeybees are a subset of bees which fall into the Order Hymenoptera and Suborder Apocrita. Of the approximately 20,000 known species of bees, four are considered honeybees: Apis florea, Apis dorsata, Apis cerana, and Apis mellifera (Western honeybee). It is thought that they have been domesticated at least since the time of the building of the Egyptian pyramids. Honeybees store honey (which is...

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2005-08-25 09:38:03

Bees (Apoidea superfamily) are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. They are adapted for feeding on nectar, and play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are called pollinators. Bees have a long proboscis that they use in order to obtain the nectar from flowers. Bees have antennae made up of thirteen segments in males and twelve in females. They have two pairs of wings, the back pair being the smaller of the two. Bees are fuzzy and carry an electrostatic...

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