Quantcast
Last updated on April 18, 2014 at 12:39 EDT

Latest Pollination Stories

What Does It Take To Be A Queen Bee?
2012-12-10 12:05:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research from a pair of Swiss researchers, queen sweat bees influence the adult size of their daughters based on which brood they are born into. During the initial observation period of the study, the researchers noted that first brood females were always smaller than second brood females, but first brood males are sometimes the same size as males from the second brood. The queen bees were found regulating the...

Hawk Moths Learn To Use Brain To Find Alternative Food Sources
2012-12-07 13:38:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When their favorite food isn´t readily available, hawk moths are able to switch to a different olfactory ℠channel´ in their brain, enabling them to learn how to find alternative nectar sources, according to a new report in the journal Science Express. The two olfactory channels allow the moths to survive in a changing floral environment and the researchers are expecting that better understanding of this mechanism...

Solving A Mystery: Where Did Flowers Come From?
2012-12-06 14:50:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Beautiful flowers and flowering plants are quite commonplace in our world, a lovely addition to the natural landscape of things. Flowers have even helped shape our history and our art for thousands of years, acting as a symbol of beauty, love and passion. Though we simply acknowledge flowers as familiar and standard, there remains one mystery about these colorful and often vibrant angiosperms: Where did they originate?...

Pollination On Large Farms Boosted By Small Patches Of Native Plants
2012-12-05 16:57:25

Pensoft Publishers A combined team of scientists from Europe and South Africa (Luísa G. Carvalheiro (University of Leeds, UK & Naturalis Biodiversity Research Centre, Netherlands), Colleen Seymour and Ruan Veldtman (SANBI, South Africa) and Sue Nicolson (University of Pretoria) have discovered that pollinator services of large agriculture fields can be enhanced with a simple cost-effective measure, that involves the creation of small patches of native plants within fruit...

2012-12-05 05:03:13

Holiday meals can be as colorful as the tree and the trimmings with recipes made with nutritious summer-fresh fruits from Chile. Tasty and festive side dishes featuring fresh Chilean fruits add color, flavor and cheer to all seasonal celebrations. Sonoma, CA (PRWEB) December 04, 2012 Holiday meals can be as colorful as the tree and the trimmings with recipes made with nutritious summer-fresh fruits from Chile. Tasty and festive side dishes featuring fresh Chilean fruits add color, flavor...

2012-11-21 15:06:30

How flowers have evolved particular colors, shapes and scents to attract pollinators has long fascinated ecologists. Now, using artificial flowers and high-speed video, researchers have gained intriguing insights into the intimate relationship between hummingbirds and the flowers they pollinate. The study, published in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology, is the first to measure how much energy hummingbirds use while hovering to feed from flowers of different...

New Way In Which Plants Control Flower Production Discovered
2012-11-12 11:22:57

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Flowers don't just catch our eyes, they catch those of pollinators like bees as well. They have to, in order to reproduce. Because plants need to maximize the opportunity for pollinators to gain access to their seeds, variations in the timing of flowering can have profound effects on flower, fruit, and seed production, and consequently agricultural yields. We know that the major driving forces of flowering are external factors such as light and temperature....

2012-11-08 16:22:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BeesFree, Inc. (OTC QB: BEES), the worldwide distributor of BeesVita Plus(TM) and the Beespenser(TM), announced today that it has entered into a consulting agreement with Dr. Francesca del Vecchio, the Company's Chief Scientist. Dr. del Vecchio will continue in her current capacity through October 31, 2015. Dr. del Vecchio is the inventor of both BeesVita Plus(TM), an innovative composite food supplement for honey bees that works to prevent...

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...

Seedless Watermelon Farmers Helped Through Pollenizer Research
2012-10-16 16:53:33

Research from North Carolina State University on flower production and disease resistance in watermelon varieties should help bolster seedless watermelon harvests for farmers. Seedless watermelons are more popular than seeded watermelons, making them a more profitable crop for farmers. But the flowers of seedless watermelon plants must be fertilized with pollen from the male flowers of seeded watermelon plants, because seedless plants do not produce genetically viable pollen. This is a...


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...

More Articles (18 articles) »