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Role Of Sperm Competition In Formation Of New Species Confirmed By Biologists
2013-09-27 08:09:16

Syracuse University 'Current Biology' article marks culmination of 6 years of research Female promiscuity—something that occurs in a majority of species, including humans—results in the ejaculates from two or more males overlapping within her reproductive tract. When this happens, sperm compete for fertilization of the female's eggs. In addition, the female has the opportunity to bias fertilization of her eggs in favor of one male's sperm over others. These processes,...

2013-09-12 23:32:19

New York Beekeepers are preparing to remove the sweet bounty that the honeybees have collected from the various flowers that bloom in the Empire State. Rochester, NY (PRWEB) September 12, 2013 Shorter days and cooler temperatures herald the traditional honey harvest here in New York State. Beekeepers are preparing to remove the sweet bounty that the honeybees have collected from the various flowers that bloom in the state. The sweet and varied flavors of honey differ according to the...

Edible Coatings for fruits and vegetables
2013-09-11 09:25:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Advances in food technology responsible for bringing ready-to-eat fresh-cup apple slices into school cafeterias, grocery stores and fast-food restaurants could soon expand to include other types of fruits and vegetables. Speaking at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Dr. Attila E. Pavlath of the USDA’s Western Regional Research Center in California discussed how edible coatings...

Apiary Experts Still Have No Cure For Mass Honeybee Die-Offs
2013-09-10 14:26:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A scientist speaking at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) discussed that apiary experts still have no cure for what is killing off honeybees. Richard Fell, an emeritus professor of entomology at Virginia Tech, said that scientists not only have not been able to find a cure, they still are not even sure what is causing the mass deaths in the honeybee population. "Some estimates put the...

Lower Diabetes Risk With Whole Fruits Rather Than Fruit Juice
2013-08-30 09:29:29

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Those looking to squeeze every ounce of health benefits from fruit may want to skip the juice, according to a study led by the Harvard School of Public Health. Those who ate whole fruit saw their risk of Type 2 diabetes decrease, while those who drank their fruits instead saw their risk of the disease rise. Fruits like bananas, grapes, pears and prunes were all specifically mentioned in this study, but whole blueberries reduced a...

2013-08-27 23:01:51

Technology Lowers Dust During Planting; Further Reducing Honey Bee Exposure DECATUR, Ill. (PRWEB) August 27, 2013 As part of its commitment to sustainable agriculture, Bayer CropScience today announced very favorable field trial results of its new seed application technology, which is designed to further reduce potential dust exposure to honey bees during a typical planting process, while offering improved handling efficiencies to corn farmers. The use of lubricants, such as talc and...


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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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.