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2014-08-30 05:50:44

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While honeybees may be best known as producers of honey and beeswax useful for candles and seals, experts from the University of Arizona want to remind you that the insects play an important role in the agriculture industry. “Honeybees are responsible for pollinating agricultural crops that make up one-third of our diet, including fruits and vegetables. They're the cornerstones of heart-healthy and cancer prevention diets,”...

2014-07-28 09:55:59

USGS Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwestern United States and one of the first conducted within the United States. Effective in killing a broad range of insect pests, use of neonicotinoid insecticides has dramatically increased over the last decade across the United States, particularly in...

Local bees manage better than imported bees
2014-07-15 05:26:06

Janne Hansen - DCA - Danish Centre For Food And Agriculture, Aarhus University Honey bees with roots in the local environment manage much better in the struggle for survival than imported honey bees from foreign environments. A world without bees would be a whole lot poorer – literally. In Denmark alone an additional 600 million to 1 billion Danish kroner are earned annually due to the work done by bees making honey and pollinating a wide range of crops from apples to cherries and...

Insecticides Linked To Farmland Bird Population Declines
2014-07-10 11:01:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When they were introduced in the 1990s, a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids was thought to be highly targeted toward pests, but mounting evidence is suggesting that they have had a negative effect on the larger ecosystem. A new study in the journal Nature has found that use of neonicotinoids is linked to a decline in the populations of farmland birds across Europe. For the study, scientists from Radboud University in the...

Pesticide Use Is Impairing Bees' Abilities To Forage For Pollen
2014-07-10 07:26:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bees with long-term exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides exhibit a decreased ability to forage for pollen, according to a new study led by the University of Guelph. The study, which involved fitting bees with tiny radio frequency transmitters, was published in a recent issue of Functional Ecology. The researchers — Nigel Raine, a professor in Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences, and Richard Gill of Imperial College London...

Honey Bee Task Force
2014-06-23 04:40:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In an attempt to deal with diminishing honey bee populations, US President Barack Obama has announced the formation of a new task force designed to promote the health of the insects and other pollinators. “Pollinators contribute substantially to the economy of the United States and are vital to keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops...

2014-06-13 23:05:00

National Pollinator Week takes place June 16-22; RISE offers steps to promote pollinator health. Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 13, 2014 Bees pollinate more than 16 percent of flowering plant species, including those found in yards, landscapes and parks in our communities and across our country. During Pollinator Week – June 16-22, 2014, and all year long – each of us can take action to understand the many factors contributing to bee health, and make a difference by promoting pollinator...

honey bees and insecticides
2014-05-11 05:47:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Imidacloprid and clothianidin, two widely used types of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, appear to cause significant harm to honey bee colonies during cold winter months, according to new research published Friday in the Bulletin of Insectology. According to the study authors, who are affiliated with the Harvard School of Public Health, the findings reproduced a 2012 paper which found a link between low doses of imidacloprid...

2014-05-09 19:56:43

Harvard School of Public Health Two widely used neonicotinoids—a class of insecticide—appear to significantly harm honey bee colonies over the winter, particularly during colder winters, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The study replicated a 2012 finding from the same research group that found a link between low doses of imidacloprid and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which bees abandon their hives over the winter and eventually die. The new...

2014-04-29 16:23:04

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first-ever Congressional subcommittee hearing on pollinator health, held today, failed to include a robust science-based discussion about the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees. Pesticide manufacturer Bayer (DE:BAYN) testified at the hearing for the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. But the panel included no independent scientists on the leading edge of...


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