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Native Honeybees Safe From Invasive Pests For Now
2014-04-18 10:57:01

By Sara LaJeunesse, Penn State Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers. The invasive pests include including Nosema microsporidia and Varroa mites. "Our East African honeybees appear to be resilient to these invasive pests, which suggests to us that the chemicals used to...

2014-04-06 23:00:19

The trend in natural superfoods has seen sales of Natural Life™ Bee Pollen from Lifetime Health Australia more than double since January 2013. (PRWEB) April 07, 2014 The surge in sales of Natural Life™ Bee Pollen over the last year is without doubt due to increased media and new consumer interest in natural health superfoods. Director of Lifetime Health, Antony Adare said “the growing popularity of superfoods, raw foods and juicing has brought more mainstream awareness to products...

First Comprehensive Map Of Hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old History
2014-04-04 13:03:27

Cell Press The first comprehensive map of hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old family tree—reconstructed based on careful analysis of 284 of the world's 338 known species—tells a story of rapid and ongoing diversification. The decade-long study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 3 also helps to explain how today's hummingbirds came to live where they do. Part of the secret to the birds' remarkable success lies in the formation of nine principal groups or...

Attracting Wild Bees To Farms Helps To Enhance Crop Pollination
2014-04-04 11:20:46

Michigan State University Investing in habitat that attracts and supports wild bees in farms is not only an effective approach to helping enhance crop pollination, but it can also pay for itself in four years or less, according to Michigan State University research. The paper, published in the current issue of the Journal of Applied Ecology, gives farmers of pollination-dependent crops tangible results to convert marginal acreage to fields of wildflowers, said Rufus Isaacs, MSU...

2014-04-01 23:28:37

Patent-pending system is designed for shipping honey. Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) April 01, 2014 Determined not to be overshadowed by Amazon’s quadcopter or Groupon’s catapult, Bee America proudly presents both an innovative and bio-efficient delivery system for shipping honey. In order to explain this extraordinary system, a bit of background is in order. Female honeybees out-number male honeybees, otherwise known as drones, by 100 to 1. Because this breakthrough requires the ability to...

Attracting Or Repelling Insects Using Different Scents
2014-04-01 15:48:26

University of Zurich Flowering plants attract pollinating insects with scent from their flowers and bright colors. If they have become infested with herbivores like caterpillars, they attract beneficial insects like parasitic wasps with the help of scent signals from their leaves. The wasps then lay their eggs in the caterpillars and kill the parasites. Floral and foliar scents can, however, mutually reduce their attractiveness. That's why flowering plants face a dilemma: should they use...

2014-03-31 12:28:41

Winning Entrant to Receive $5,000 in Program Support; trip to Washington, D.C. During National Pollinator Week in June RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer CropScience today announced it is seeking nominations for its second annual Bee Care Community Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who has utilized beekeeping to create innovative projects that benefit a community. The award, an initiative of Bayer's North American Bee Care Program, provides a...

2014-03-24 23:28:14

Honey Holding, an industrial honey processor, confirmed that it is testing 100% of its nearly 20 million pounds of annual foreign honey purchases with pollen analysis provided by Quality Services International GmbH, of Bremen, Germany. Baytown, Texas (PRWEB) March 24, 2014 Honey Holding d/b/a Honey Solutions (Honey Holding), an industrial honey processor, confirmed today the testing of 100% of its nearly 20 million pounds of annual foreign honey purchases with mellisopalynology or pollen...

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...

Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Have Changed Their Blooming Pattern In Response To Climate Change
2014-03-18 10:34:15

Heather Dewar, University of Maryland 39-year bloom count reveals a series of changes attributed to warmer climate A unique 39-year study of wildflower blooms in a Colorado Rocky Mountain meadow shows more than two-thirds of alpine flowers have changed their blooming pattern in response to climate change. Not only are half the flowers beginning to bloom weeks earlier, but more than a third are reaching their peak bloom earlier, and others are producing their last blooms later in the...


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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