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2013-04-16 23:03:26

Nature Conservancy scientist's work suggests that this Earth Day, keeping the picnic basket full may depend on wild bees. Arlington, VA (PRWEB) April 16, 2013 Two recently released studies co-authored by The Nature Conservancy´s Christina M. Kennedy underscore just how important wild bees are to global agricultural production. Bees may seem like uninvited guests at a picnic, but before they're shooed away from the fruit salad, people should consider the role they play in bringing food...

Bumblebees Threatened By Metal Toxins In Flowers
2013-04-03 08:07:00

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Across the US beekeepers and researchers have been reporting that a powerful new class of pesticides may be killing off bumblebees. A new study, led by the University of Pittsburgh, pinpoints another potential cause: metal pollution in flowers from aluminum and nickel. The study findings, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, reveal that bumblebees are at risk of ingesting toxic amounts of metals such as nickel and...

EU Bee Protection Ban On Pesticides Fails To Pass
2013-03-17 08:08:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online European Union (EU) nations have failed to agree on proposals that would have banned three pesticides reportedly linked to the decline of the global bee population. According to the BBC, a recent report from the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has concluded the substances in question posed a “high acute risk” to the pollinating insects. The EU´s executive body, the European Commission, had been...

Pesticides More Perilous To Bees Than Previously Thought
2012-10-22 08:43:20

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There´s more bad news for bees. Biologists from the University of London say that exposure to pesticides are having a broader, previously unforeseen effect on bumblebee populations. While pesticides have been blamed for bee decline in the past, studies on the issue have focused mainly on single pesticides at high doses. The new British study is the first to take a more direct look at the effect of a combination of chemicals...

French Beekeepers Buzzing Over Blue Honey
2012-10-05 07:40:23

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online French beekeepers are seeing red after learning that M&M´s waste could be making their honeybees produce honey in shades of blues and greens. The phenomenon was first noticed by beekeepers in August around the town of Ribeauville, France; they observed the bees returning to their hives carrying strange colorful substances that have turned their naturally golden sweet wax into a palette of unnatural hues. The northeastern...

Dying Bees Fight Back With Resistance Genes
2012-09-28 14:02:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) continues to plague North American honey bees, apiologists have been scrambling to find both the cause and the cure for the disappearance of millions of insects. According to a report in the open access journal Genome Biology, new research from a group of Canadian scientists may have found a major culprit responsible for the disorder: a parasitic mite known as Varroa...


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