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Local bees manage better than imported bees
2014-07-15 05:26:06

Janne Hansen - DCA - Danish Centre For Food And Agriculture, Aarhus University Honey bees with roots in the local environment manage much better in the struggle for survival than imported honey bees from foreign environments. A world without bees would be a whole lot poorer – literally. In Denmark alone an additional 600 million to 1 billion Danish kroner are earned annually due to the work done by bees making honey and pollinating a wide range of crops from apples to cherries and...

2014-06-20 16:21:17

EPA Fails to Restrict Pesticides Linked to Bee Decline WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The White House today issued a Presidential Memorandum on pollinator health to the heads of federal agencies requiring action to "reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels." The President is directing agencies to establish a Pollinator Health Task Force, and to develop a National Pollinator Health Strategy, including a Pollinator Research Action...

2014-05-08 23:02:05

Rising spring temperatures prompt many bee species to begin their search for the flowering plants they depend on for food — and which they propagate through pollination. But what would happen if this vital, mutually beneficial relationship goes out of synch due to climate change? Newark, NJ (PRWEB) May 08, 2014 The timing has been beautifully choreographed by nature. Rising spring temperatures prompt many bee species to begin their search for the flowering plants they depend on for food...

New Computer Model Could Preserve The World's Bee Colonies
2014-03-04 15:25:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have created a new computer model to help understand the environmental effects of a honeybee colony. The BEEHAVE model published in the Journal of Applied Ecology was created to investigate the losses of honeybee colonies that have been reported recently and to identify the best way to try and combat the losses. [ Watch the Video: BEEHAVE Model ] "It is a real challenge to understand which factors are most important in...

Bees Almost Went Extinct With Dinosaurs
2013-10-24 13:38:51

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to numerous reports, honey bees around the world are facing a mysterious threat that has been wiping out entire colonies. However, this isn’t the first time bees have faced an existential threat. According to a new study in the journal PLOS ONE, the flying insects were almost wiped out along with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. In the study, a team of Australian and American researchers modeled a mass extinction event...

Exposure To Pesticides Key Factor In Causing Bee Colonies To Fail
2013-10-07 07:17:03

Royal Holloway, University of London Scientists from Royal Holloway University have found that when bees are exposed to low levels of neonicotinoid pesticides - which do not directly kill bees - their behavior changes and they stop working properly for their colonies. The results showed that exposure to pesticides at levels bees encounter in the field, has subtle impacts on individual bees, and can eventually make colonies fail. This discovery provides an important breakthrough in...

Betrayal By Bees Could Have Huge Impact On Plant Reproduction
2013-07-23 09:05:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by Emory University finds removing even one species of bumblebee from an ecosystem has a swift and clear impact: the floral "sweethearts" of that species produce significantly fewer seeds. The research team focused on the interactions between bumblebees and larkspur wildflowers in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. The findings, to be published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal how reduced...

Tighter Controls On Bee Imports Needed To Reduce Disease Risk To Native Populations
2013-07-18 15:19:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers, publishing a study in the Journal of Applied Ecology, wrote that stricter controls over bee imports are needed in order to prevent diseases from spreading to the native bumblebee and honeybee populations. Farmers bring in commercially-produced and imported bumblebees for pollination of greenhouse crops like tomatoes. These bees are used to enhance pollination of other food crops, such as strawberries, and are marketed for...

Flowering Agri-environment Schemes Easily Enhance Pollinators
2013-06-10 13:43:51

Pensoft Publishers Agri-environment schemes aimed to promote biodiversity on farmland have positive effects on wild bees, hoverflies and butterflies. Effects on diversity and abundance were strongest when agri-environment schemes prescribed sowing wild-flowers, the more flowering species the better. Organic farms, set-aside land or fields receiving reduced amounts of fertilizer and pesticides generally hosted more wild pollinators than conventionally farmed land. Jeroen Scheper of Alterra...


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