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Caffeinated Bees Remember Their Nectar Sources
2013-03-07 18:15:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most of us are more productive after the first fix of hot caffeine in the morning  — and according to a new study in the journal Science, so are honey bees. In the study, a group of UK and US researchers found bees feeding on a sugar solution that contains caffeine are“¯three times more likely to recall a flower's scent than those given only sugar. The scientists said their findings not only reveal a novel...

2013-03-05 14:06:21

New research has shown that certain Australian native flowers have shifted away from using insects as pollinators and evolved their flower color to the red hues favored by birds. In a study published in New Phytologist, biologists from Monash University and RMIT University have shown for the first time that Australian native flowers exclusively pollinated by birds have evolved color spectral signatures that are best discriminated by those birds. Dr Adrian Dyer of Monash and RMIT said...

Mysterious Disease Decimates Bee Colonies
2013-03-04 11:01:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the mysterious plunge in bee populations continues, researchers are scrambling to understand the cause for the widespread decimation. One explanation could be “idiopathic brood disease syndrome,” or IBDS, a newly described condition that appears to increase a colony´s risk of collapse, according to a new study in the journal Preventative Veterinary Medicine. Study co-author David Tarpy, an associate professor of...

2013-03-04 08:30:44

FIVE POINTS, Calif., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW) today announced the initiation of its dormant alfalfa seed expansion program. The company has selected a portion of its farmland surrounding its Five Points, California seed processing facility for the initial planting of its SW4328 dormant parent seed. Upon the successful harvest of "parent seed" in the fall of 2013, S&W will be able to begin producing commercial quantities of dormant alfalfa seed in...

The Pollination Game Is Greatly Affected By A Changing Climate
2013-03-01 12:34:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The relationships among species change over time as shifts in an ecosystem begin to affect the organisms living in them. Climate change has placed a new emphasis on studying these shifting relationships and a team of biologists from the Midwest sifted through historical scientific logs to find that the plant-pollinator relationships in their area have been significantly altered over the past 120 years. Working out of Washington...

Worldwide Crop Pollination Hurting Due To Loss Of Wild Bees
2013-03-01 09:30:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international study of wild insects finds that managed honeybees are not as successful at pollinating crops as wild insects, especially wild bees. Collected from 600 fields in 20 countries, the data suggest the continuing loss of wild insects in many agricultural landscapes is having negative consequences for crop harvests. The study, published in a recent issue of Science, is an urgent call to maintain and manage pollinator...

2013-02-25 08:33:41

FIVE POINTS, Calif., Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW) today announced the extension of its 800 acre farmland lease in Kern County, located in California's San Joaquin Valley. The lease agreement was originally signed in July 2011, and the amendment extends the length of the lease from 2014 to 2024. Mark Grewal, president and chief executive officer of S&W Seed, commented, "I am very pleased that we came to a long-term agreement on this farmland lease. The...

2013-02-22 12:24:36

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced the agency again will be helping Commonwealth school students learn about the vital role of trees in the environment through its "Seedlings for Schools" program, through which students plant a variety of tree seedlings at home, on school grounds or in their communities. "Seedlings for Schools has become a great way to get Pennsylvania's youth interested or...

Electric Flowers Help Bees Pick Up Pollen
2013-02-22 11:25:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous research has shown that bees build up an electrical charge as they buzz through the air, but a new study from the University of Bristol in the U.K. has shown that the bees are able to use this charge to interact with nectar-bearing flowers. According to a summary of the study recently published in the journal Science, the British scientists showed that flowers actually modify their own electrical fields to attract the flying...

2013-02-21 08:35:59

FIVE POINTS, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW) announced today that it will acquire an additional 114 acres of producing farmland in Calipatria, California, located in the Imperial Valley. The purchase is being made to further expand production of S&W's proprietary alfalfa seed varieties and to effect synergies at its Imperial Valley farming operations, which were launched in 2012. The newly acquired farmland will be placed into S&W's...


Latest Plant reproduction 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...

Heirloom plant
2013-09-20 13:16:15

Heirloom plants are plants that were grown centuries ago, handed down through the generations, and are still grown today without genetic modification. Heirloom plants maintain their traits year after year even though they are subjected to open pollination. Growing heirlooms is becoming more popular in North America and Europe because of their resistance to disease, pests, and extreme weather. Plants that have been genetically altered through artificial means, otherwise known as hybrids,...

Recalcitrant seeds
2013-08-21 08:52:36

Recalcitrant seeds are seeds that have to be protected from certain elements, such as drying and freezing, to remain viable. Seeds must be maintained at temperatures no less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit and does not have long shelf lives. Damage to the seeds results when they are allowed to dry out excessively, damaging the intracellular structures of the seeds, along with the forming of toxic chemicals within the seed. Recalcitrant seeds can be found in avocado, mango, cocoa and the...

Seed bank
2013-07-31 15:37:35

Seed banks are gene pools of seeds from food crops and other rare species. If seeds from the reserves are destroyed, seeds from seed banks can be used to generate new crops. Seed banks are not open to the public as are seed libraries or seed swaps. Maintaining seeds in a seed bank will preserve the seeds during times of natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or even war. SEED DORMANCY Seeds can remain dormant for decades as long as the storage environment remains cool and dry. Seeds that...

Orchard Mason Bee, Osmia lignaria
2013-07-10 14:38:22

The orchard mason bee (Osmia lignaria), also known as the blue orchard bee, is a species of megachilid bee that is native to North America. Its range extends across the Rocky Mountains, where two subspecies are located. The nests of this species are made in natural hollows in which the bees will make separate rooms for larvae by creating walls with mud. The orchard mason bee can first be seen the early spring months, when temperatures reach about fifty-seven degrees Fahrenheit. Males leave...

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