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Genome Sequence Insight Evolution Flowering Plants
2013-12-20 09:12:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The newly-sequenced genome of the Amborella plant is shedding new light on the origin of the more than 300,000 flowering plants on the Earth today, including all major food crop species. Amborella trichopoda, a small understory tree found only on the main island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, is unique as the sole survivor of an ancient evolutionary lineage that traces back to the last common ancestor of all flowering...

Spider Omnivore Eats Pollen
2013-12-18 11:24:48

[ Watch the Video: Pollen On The Menu For Orb-Weaver Spiders ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Spiders have long been thought of as creepy-crawly predators, but a new study from a couple of European researchers has found that these arachnids will munch on pollen from time to time as well. According to their report in the journal PLOS ONE, the study team found that the diet of younger, common orb-weaver spiders includes around 25 percent pollen. The spiders were...

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...


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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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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