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2013-12-15 08:20:05

MILAN, Dec. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The mascot designed by Disney Italy for the 2015 Expo was welcomed to the stage by the clamorous applause of its young audience at Milan's Franco Parenti Theatre this morning. In fact, not just one mascot, but a whole family composed of 11 different foods. Garlic, watermelon, orange and banana; together with fig, blue corn, mango, apple, pomegranate, pear and radish. Their personalities, with their happy, friendly faces, will come to life to...

2013-12-12 16:25:44

CARPINTERIA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For almost 30 years, California-based and family-owned and operated Pacific Resources International (PRI) is the pioneer and exclusive importer of high quality, premium, raw Manuka honey and unique products sourced directly from New Zealand. David Noll, founder and CEO of PRI, lived and worked in New Zealand for over 15 years before deciding to move back to the US and bring with him New Zealand's Manuka honey and products such as...

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...

Peaceful Bumblebee Invades South America
2013-12-09 10:12:21

ETH Zurich Bumblebees look cute. They have a thick fur, fly somewhat clumsily and are less aggressive than honeybees or wasps. They are very much appreciated by farmers as keen pollen collectors. Particularly in the context of the crisis-stricken honeybee populations, the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, is being bred on an industrial scale for the pollination of fruit and vegetable crops both inside and outside greenhouses. It was hoped that these insects would take over these...

2013-12-05 23:29:56

Hashoo Foundation USA’s Culture Shock Charity Show raised needed funds to establish the Plan Bee Houston pilot project. Houston, Texas (PRWEB) December 05, 2013 Hashoo Foundation USA (HF USA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling and empowering communities to be independent by facilitating equitable access to opportunities. The Foundation is working with students in Houston to raise funds for this goal through the Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Bee. The objective is...

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...

America’s Oldest Flowering Fossil Unearths Dark Civil War Past
2013-12-03 13:14:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A reclassified ancient fossil has not only been named one of North America’s oldest flower plants, but it is also unearthing some of America’s darkest tales. In 1864, during the Civil War Union Army troops forced a group of freed slaves into involuntary labor. The soldiers forced the freed slaves to dig up a canal along the James River at Dutch Gap, Virginia. While digging the canal, the men exposed the ancient fossil with their...

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,...


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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