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Bumblebees Willing To Learn If There's A Sweet Treat Involved
2014-03-19 05:51:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pair of new studies from the University of Guelph reveals that bumblebees might have tiny brains, but they are capable of remarkable feats, especially when offered a tasty reward. The researchers, Prof. Peter Kevan, of the School of Environmental Sciences, and PhD student Hamida Mirwan are studying bees’ ability to learn by themselves and from each other. The scientists found that bees are capable of learning to solve...

bats and light pollution
2014-03-11 10:22:41

Wiley These new findings were reported by scientists from the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Berlin (IZW). The study – published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology – is the first to show that seed-dispersing bats avoid feeding in light-polluted areas. Working in Costa Rica with Sowell's short-tailed bats (Carollia sowelli), Daniel Lewanzik from the IZW gave the bats a simple choice. He divided a flight cage into two compartments....

New Computer Model Could Preserve The World's Bee Colonies
2014-03-04 15:25:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have created a new computer model to help understand the environmental effects of a honeybee colony. The BEEHAVE model published in the Journal of Applied Ecology was created to investigate the losses of honeybee colonies that have been reported recently and to identify the best way to try and combat the losses. [ Watch the Video: BEEHAVE Model ] "It is a real challenge to understand which factors are most important in...

2014-02-27 16:27:51

Bayer travels to San Antonio for its fourth tour stop to continue promoting bee health across the country at top agriculture universities and events SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to further education and collaboration around pollinator health, Bayer CropScience will continue its second annual Bee Care Tour with a stop in San Antonio, Texas at Commodity Classic from Feb. 27 - March 1. The mobile tour is traveling coast-to-coast to create awareness of the vital role...

2014-02-20 23:31:27

Vegetable gardening company and Seeds of the Month Club retailer, Mike the Gardener Enterprises, LLC, has expanded its club offerings from vegetable, fruit and herb seeds to include many popular variety of flower seeds. Burlington, NJ (PRWEB) February 20, 2014 Vegetable gardening company and Seeds of the Month Club retailer, Mike the Gardener Enterprises, LLC, has expanded its club offerings from vegetable, fruit and herb seeds to include many popular variety of flower seeds. The move,...

Wild Bees Are Getting Sick From Their Domesticated Kin
2014-02-20 06:09:34

[ Watch the Video: More Bad News For Bees ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Wild bumblebees are in decline throughout the world because they are likely contracting deadly diseases from ailing domesticated honeybees, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Nature. The study helps answer something scientists have been struggling with for some time – understanding why the world’s bee populations, both wild and captive, are in decline. Although...

2014-02-19 23:25:51

American Heritage Collection Features 18th and 19th Century America Inspired Blends of Honey Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) February 19, 2014 Bethesda-based Bee America introduces three new honey blends based on original honey that sustained Americans as they explored and settled in the United States. The honey in this collection recreates the adventure and spirit of our forefathers and tell a story of the formative era in American history – a period dating from the mid-eighteenth century to the...

2014-02-17 23:01:47

Bayer continues its tour to promote bee health across the country at top agriculture universities and Commodity Classic. Davis, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2014 Bayer CropScience continued its second annual Bee Care Tour, a mobile tour designed to emphasize the important role bees play, last week in Davis, Calif. The Tour included an interactive exhibit with two frames of honey in a mobile hive, stewardship workshops and an expert presentation and panel discussion on issues impacting...

Farmers Breed Better Fish Using Genetic Chip
2014-02-14 13:07:00

University of Edinburgh Atlantic salmon production could be boosted by a new technology that will help select the best fish for breeding. The development will enable salmon breeders to improve the quality of their stock and its resistance to disease. A chip loaded with hundreds of thousands of pieces of DNA – each holding a fragment of the salmon's genetic code – will allow breeders to detect fish with the best genes. It does so by detecting variations in the genetic code of...

2014-02-07 13:25:47

Mexico is the fourth largest honey producer and fifth largest honey exporter in the world. A Smithsonian researcher and colleagues helped rural farmers in Mexico to quantify the genetically modified organism (GMO) soybean pollen in honey samples rejected for sale in Germany. Their results will appear Feb. 7 in the online journal, Scientific Reports. David Roubik, senior staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and colleagues developed the ability to identify pollen...


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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