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Bumblebees More Stable In Flight Than When Hovering
2013-03-15 08:16:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers wrote in the Journal of Theoretical Biology about how bumblebees are actually more unstable when they hover rather than when they fly fast. Na Xu and Mao Sun from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics in China analyzed the way bumblebees fly at different speeds by using a mathematical model. Their model showed that the bumblebee is unstable when it hovers and flies slowly, and becomes neutral or weakly stable...

Hyper And Micro-gravity Affect Processes Involved In Reproduction, Brain Diseases And Cancer
2013-03-14 12:12:58

University of Montreal University of Montreal researchers found that changes in gravity affect the reproductive process in plants. Gravity modulates traffic on the intracellular "highways" that ensure the growth and functionality of the male reproductive organ in plants, the pollen tube. "Just like during human reproduction, the sperm cells in plants are delivered to the egg by a cylindrical tool. Unlike the delivery tool in animals, the device used during plant sex consists of a single...

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...

Taxonomists Beware: The Flowers Might Just Be Fooling Us
2013-03-04 09:54:52

American Journal of Botany Floral morphologies may be less reliable than other traits in determining the relationships of papilionoid species and genera For hundreds of years, plant taxonomists have worked to understand how species are related. Until relatively recently, their only reliable source of information about these relationships was the plants' morphology–traits that could be observed, measured, counted, categorized, and described visually. And paramount among these...

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...

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...

2013-02-20 23:02:22

New Dallas-based company focuses on providing unique varietal honeys from Texas and around the United States. Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) February 20, 2013 Former pastry chef Joely Rogers discovered her true calling is honey, not sugar, and formed huney.net, LLC, in October of 2012, an online honey store focusing on unique raw honey varietals from the regional United States. Based in Dallas, Texas, huney.net is a woman-owned business that aims to re-introduce regional varietal honey and serve as...


Latest Pollination 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,...

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...

Red Mason Bee, Osmia rufa
2013-07-10 12:25:16

The red mason bee (Osmia rufa or Osmia bicornis) is a solitary bee that can be found in a range that includes England, southern areas of Scotland, Sweden, Norway, North Africa, and Iran, among other areas. This species is typically seen during the spring and early summer months, but it can be seen until the end of June. Females hold two horns on top of the head, and a smaller sting than other bee species, while males do not hold horns or a sting. Although the red mason bee is classified...

Apiology
2012-10-15 16:00:21

Apiology is the scientific study of honey bees, a subdiscipline of melittology (the study of all bees), which is a subdiscipline of entomology. Melittology comprises of more than 17,000 species other than the honey bee. Apiology includes apicology, which is the study of honey bee ecology. Honey bees are often chosen as a study group to answer questions on the evolution of social systems. People who study honey bees are called apiologists. There have been a number of notable apiologists...

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