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Canadian Bees Get A Little Inventive With Plastic Waste
2014-02-12 08:06:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Canada's bee population will be back hard at work pollinating, making honey and keeping busy doing bee things once the snows melt. A new study from the University of Guelph reveals that for two urban bee species, those "bee things" include making nests out of plastic waste. The findings, published in the journal Ecosphere, show that some bees use bits of plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests. The...

2014-02-10 23:02:04

Bayer CropScience hits the road to promote bee health by kicking off its Tour across the country at top agriculture universities and Commodity Classic. PULLMAN, Wash. (PRWEB) February 10, 2014 Bayer CropScience launched its second annual Bee Care Tour, a mobile tour designed to emphasize the important role bees play, last week in Pullman, Wash. The Tour included an interactive exhibit with two frames of honey in a mobile hive, stewardship workshops and expert presentations on issues...

Polistes fuscatus
2014-02-10 10:05:21

Penn State Aggression-causing genes appeared early in animal evolution and have maintained their roles for millions of years and across many species, even though animal aggression today varies widely from territorial fighting to setting up social hierarchies, according to researchers from Iowa State University, Penn State and Grand Valley State University. If these "mean genes" keep their roles in different animals and in different contexts, then perhaps model organisms -- such as bees...

2014-02-06 23:20:30

Tour travels coast-to-coast, visits top agricultural universities and industry forums Research Triangle Park, N.C. (PRWEB) February 06, 2014 Honey bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the food supply with more than one quarter of the nation’s agricultural crops dependent upon pollination. As a major supporter of honey bee health for more than 25 years, Bayer is launching its second annual Bee Care Tour to bring together growers, beekeepers, researchers and others interested...

World's First Butterfly Bacteria Sequenced
2014-01-30 14:24:03

University of Colorado at Boulder For the first time ever, a team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has sequenced the internal bacterial makeup of the three major life stages of a butterfly species, a project that showed some surprising events occur during metamorphosis. The team, led by CU-Boulder doctoral student Tobin Hammer, used powerful DNA sequencing methods to characterize bacterial communities inhabiting caterpillars, pupae and adults of Heliconius erato, commonly known...

2014-01-30 12:29:18

GUELPH, ON, Jan. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Syngenta Canada Inc. and Dalhousie University, together with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, are partnering on an innovative research project to increase bee populations and blueberry yields in the Maritime Provinces. Canada is the world's largest producer of wild blueberries and most are grown in Quebec and in the Atlantic provinces. They are important economically and are part of our cultural identity. "An...

Monarch Butterflies In Peril
2014-01-30 05:15:52

[ Watch the Video: Where Have All The Monarchs Gone? ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report, based on a December 2013 survey of Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, claims that migrating monarch butterflies are in "grave danger." The butterfly colonies currently occupy the smallest area since records began in 1993. The butterflies spend their winter hibernating in the forest of the reserve. In December 2013, the butterflies only occupied 1.65...

Honey Bee Queens And Workers Are Separated By A Single Gene
2014-01-30 04:43:59

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a hive of honey bees, the jobs of queen and worker are drastically different. A new study from Michigan State University and Wayne State University reveals, however, that only a single gene separates the two. The findings, published in Biology Letters, show this gene not only determines leg and wing development, but it also plays a crucial role in the evolution of bees' ability to carry pollen. “This gene is critical in making...

Engineering Plus Evolutionary Analyses Used To Answer Natural Selection Questions
2014-01-24 14:45:08

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Introducing a new approach that combines evolutionary and engineering analyses to identify the targets of natural selection, researchers report in the current issue of Evolution that the new tool opens a way of discovering evidence for selection for biomechanical function in very diverse organisms and of reconstructing skull shapes in long-extinct ancestral species. Evolutionary biologist Elizabeth Dumont and mechanical engineer Ian Grosse at the...

Bumblebees Shrinking Pesticide
2014-01-20 14:56:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, pesticides could be causing worker bees to shrink. A study by researchers from the Royal Holloway University of London found that exposure to pesticides causes worker bumblebees to grow less and hatch at a smaller size. The team found that prolonged exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide reduces the size of individual bees produced by a colony. The team researched colonies...


Latest Pollinators 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...

Brandt’s Bat, Myitus brandtii
2013-10-11 08:07:41

The Brandt’s bat has a large population in northwest of England but is endangered in Austria. The Brandt’s Bat has shaggy brown fur with a pale grey belly. This bat is not a large bat and weighs less than half an ounce and measures up to two inches long. Its wingspan is more than triple its body length at 7.5 to 9.5 inches. Brandt’s bat eats only insects (insectivorous) and is not blind. However, echolocation is used for “night-vision,” so that while hunting at night it does...

Lesser Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris yerbabuenae
2013-08-19 15:45:14

The lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae), also known as the Mexican long-nosed bat or more commonly as Sanborn’s long-nosed bat, is a species of leaf-nosed bat that can be found in a different areas depending upon the season. Its summer range includes southern portions of Arizona, California, and New Mexico and a yearly range in southern and eastern portions of Mexico and coasts of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This species prefers a habitat within scrublands,...

Greater Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris nivalis
2013-08-19 15:40:45

The greater long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis), also known as the Mexican long-nosed bat, is a species of leaf-nosed bat that can be found in Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. It prefers a habitat within temperate forests or desert scrublands. The greater long-nosed bat migrates seasonally to different areas of is range, most likely due to weather patterns and food abundance. In Mexico, the greater long-nosed bat roosts in male and female colonies, but during midsummer, after...

Southern Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris curasoae
2013-08-19 15:20:27

The southern long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris curasoae) is a species of leaf-nosed bat that is native to South America. It holds a range that includes Venezuela, Colombia, and the islands of Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire. It prefers a habitat within arid or semiarid climates along coastlines or in scrublands and thorn forests. The Curacao population was once thought to be a subspecies but is now classified as a population along with other populations of the species. The southern long-nosed bat...

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