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Bird-Pollinated Flower With A Rather Ingenious Twist

Bird-Pollinated Flower With A Rather Ingenious Twist

Mary Beth O'Leary, Cell Press When researchers studying several bird-pollinated species of Impatiens flowers in the mountains of western Cameroon noticed one with an odd, upwardly curving nectar spur, they couldn't imagine how any sunbird could...

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2014-08-30 05:50:44

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While honeybees may be best known as producers of honey and beeswax useful for candles and seals, experts from the University of Arizona want to remind you that the insects play an important role in the agriculture industry. “Honeybees are responsible for pollinating agricultural crops that make up one-third of our diet, including fruits and vegetables. They're the cornerstones of heart-healthy and cancer prevention diets,”...

2014-08-19 23:02:34

But These Bees Were Invited to Stay, as Environmentally Friendly Guests of the New Mexico Resort Santa Ana Pueblo (PRWEB) August 19, 2014 Bees can bring to mind sci-fi like headlines, and thoughts of painful stings. In reality honeybees are important contributors to the many fruits and vegetables that we eat. Earlier this summer, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa added two colonies containing 20,000 bees each to its grounds, furthering Tamaya’s mission of being an environmentally...

Flower Blasts Pollen At Birds
2014-07-04 03:22:40

Cell Press A small tree or shrub found in mountainous Central and South American rainforests has a most unusual relationship with the birds that pollinate its flowers, according to a study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 3. The plant known as Axinaea offers up its male reproductive organs as a tempting and nutritious food source for the birds. As the birds seize those bulbous stamens with their beaks, they are blasted with pollen by the flowers' complex...

Bloodsucking Parasite Threatens UK Honeybees
2014-06-27 03:23:24

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Scientists have discovered how a bloodsucking parasite has transformed Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) into one of the biggest threats facing UK honeybees. Honeybees are a key pollinating insect, adding around $40Bn globally to crop value. Over recent years the spread of parasites and the viruses they transmit has resulted in high overwintering colony losses. New and emerging threats to insect pollinators are putting increasing...

Exhaust Fumes Derail Dinner For Hungry Moths
2014-06-27 03:34:54

Sandra Hines, University of Washington Car and truck exhaust fumes that foul the air for humans also cause problems for pollinators. In new research on how pollinators find flowers when background odors are strong, University of Washington and University of Arizona researchers have found that both natural plant odors and human sources of pollution can conceal the scent of sought-after flowers. When the calories from one feeding of a flower gets you only 15 minutes of flight, as is...

Honey Bee Task Force
2014-06-23 04:40:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In an attempt to deal with diminishing honey bee populations, US President Barack Obama has announced the formation of a new task force designed to promote the health of the insects and other pollinators. “Pollinators contribute substantially to the economy of the United States and are vital to keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops...

2014-06-18 23:14:58

The Keystone Center announces the formation of the Honey Bee Health Coalition. Keystone, CO (PRWEB) June 18, 2014 At the Saint Louis Zoo’s Annual Pollinator Dinner last night, The Keystone Center announced the formation of a new Honey Bee Health Coalition. Recognizing that declines in honey bee and pollinator health have put agriculture, healthy ecosystems, and worldwide food security at risk, this diverse coalition was formed to promote collaborative solutions. Ed Spevak of the Saint...

2014-06-17 16:22:41

- Syngenta's Operation Pollinator increases native pollinator populations GREENSBORO, N.C., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Syngenta and Delta F.A.R.M. (Farmers Advocating Resource Management) jointly will develop commercial farmland into pollinator habitats. Syngenta's Operation Pollinator is a global biodiversity program that restores native pollinators in a variety of landscapes by creating essential habitats. Delta F.A.R.M. has committed to establish at least five Operation...

2014-06-16 08:30:41

In Honor of National Pollinator Week, Cascadian Farm(TM) Pledges its Support to Protect Pollinators SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One out of every three bites of food is made possible by bees and other pollinators. Pollinator populations are declining worldwide and could have a great impact on the food supply. To help raise awareness of this critical issue, Cascadian Farm partnered with The Xerces Society, a nonprofit leader in pollinator conservation and research....

2014-06-16 08:23:11

After six stops, Bayer's Bee Care Tour concludes during National Pollinator Week by honoring the 2nd annual Bee Care Community Leadership Award winner and planting a pollinator garden at local public charter school RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know an estimated 15 percent of the combined value of U.S. fruit, nut, vegetable and field crop production can be attributed to pollinators? Bees, birds and butterflies are essential to agriculture and urban and...


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2005-07-12 10:59:33

Orchids (Orchidaceae family) are among the largest and most diverse of the flowering plant (angiosperm) families. There are over 800 described genera and 25,000 (some sources give 30,000) species, and perhaps another 60,000 hybrids and cultivars produced by horticulturalists. The Kew World Checklist of Orchids includes about 24,000 accepted species and about 800 new species are added each year. Orchids, through their floral complexity and their interactions with pollinators and their...

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