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Researchers Propose Guidelines To Assess How Effective Species Are At Pollinating Crops
2013-12-10 07:00:11

North Carolina State University From tomatoes to pumpkins, most fruit and vegetable crops rely on pollination by bees and other insect species – and the future of many of those species is uncertain. Now researchers from North Carolina State University are proposing a set of guidelines for assessing the performance of pollinator species in order to determine which species are most important and should be prioritized for protection. “Widespread concerns over the fate of honey bees and...

2013-12-03 13:51:45

Flower color in some parts of the world, including the Himalayas, has evolved to attract bees as pollinators, research has shown for the first time. In a study published in the Journal of Ecology, biologists from Monash University and RMIT University have investigated the evolution of flower colors due to the bee’s color vision. They researched in the understudied Nepalese steep mountainous terrain, and other subtropical environments. The study also has implications for understanding the...

2013-12-03 13:39:36

New research from New Zealand will help to breed new onions tailored to grow in specific conditions. Onions, the third largest vegetable crop in the world, form a bulb in response to lengthening days, however the molecular mechanisms controlling this response were not previously known. Research undertaken by Plant & Food Research and the University of Otago has identified the gene controlling bulb development, the first step in discovering genetic markers that can be used as tools to...

2013-11-26 23:25:30

As part of a new app called Urban Farm Guides, Native Seed/SEARCH's Bill McDorman has created an extensive, step-by-step guide on how to save non-GMO seeds that will educate beginning urban farmers, gardeners and seasoned seed savers alike. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) November 26, 2013 UrbanFarm.org has just released a new, informative guide that teaches urban farmers, of all levels, how to save their seeds. The new how-to guide, Basic Seed Saving, is an extensive guide that describes in...

2013-11-18 23:22:35

New Facility in Clayton, N.C., to Advance Honey Bee Health Research and Development Initiatives Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) November 18, 2013 Marking more than 25 years of service to the agricultural and beekeeping community through its Bee Care Program, Bayer CropScience continues to develop sustainable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues in honey bee health through advanced research and development. Today, the company celebrated the opening of its Clayton Bee...

Honesty Is The Best Policy For Queen Bees
2013-11-14 09:44:12

Penn State Queen bees convey honest signals to worker bees about their reproductive status and quality, according to an international team of researchers, who say their findings may help to explain why honey bee populations are declining. "We usually think of animals' chemical signals (called pheromones) as communication systems that convey only very simple sorts of information," said Christina Grozinger, professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research,...

2013-11-07 23:26:21

Local beekeepers Tim and Connie Bueler with Bee Haven Honey invite shoppers to attend their 11th annual Open House on November 29, 30 and December 1, 7, 14 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Snohomish, WA (PRWEB) November 07, 2013 Bee Haven Honey invites shoppers to attend their 11th annual Open House on November 29, 30 and December 1, 7, 14 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Attendees will enjoy local hot spiced apple cider and homemade cookies. Items available for purchase are honey, soap, candles, hand...

2013-11-07 13:56:23

The growing threat to our National Parks from horse dung Research team leader, Associate Professor Catherine Pickering, said the Griffith study looked at the number and types of weed seeds which can be dispersed through horse manure. The findings have been published in the journal Ecological Management and Restoration. "We reviewed 15 studies on seed germination from horse dung; six from Europe, four from North America, three from Australia and one study each from Africa and Central...

2013-10-31 23:01:29

In May of 2012, a photo of a stunning rainbow-hued ear of corn called “Glass Gem” became a global sensation online. Tucson, Arizona (PRWEB) October 31, 2013 In May of 2012, a photo of a stunning rainbow-hued ear of corn called “Glass Gem” became a global sensation online. Since then, the buzz around this remarkable heirloom has grown as gardeners begin to plant and harvest the variety themselves. Glass Gem is stewarded by the Tucson, Arizona-based seed conservation nonprofit...


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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