Bees in the News

Robotic bees could pollinate plants in case of insect apocalypse (via the Guardian)

Dutch scientists say they can create swarms of bee-like drones to take over if the insects die out. It has been recently been claimed that one popular pesticide could wipe out common bumblebee populations by preventing the formation of new colonies. The chemical, thiamethoxam, is said to dramatically reduces egg-laying by queen bumblebees. Read more here https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/09/robotic-bees-could-pollinate-plants-in-case-of-insect-apocalypse ...
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Social Bee-stortion: Exploring Pesticide’s Effects on Pollinators (via biology.ucdavis.edu)

"While honeybees have been the prime pollinators for agriculture, diseases like colony collapse disorder are wiping out their numbers, leading to concerns about stability (In the USA). In light of this, many food producers and researchers are searching for backup pollinators, like the bumblebee." This means pesticide restriction is extremely important if we are to successfully "replace" the honeybee with other wild pollinators. In fact, if we could exploit and make money from other insects, maybe that would guarantee active protection for them too. Read more here https://biology.ucdavis.edu/news/social-bee-stortion-exploring-pesticides-effects-pollinators ...
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Let dandelions grow. Bees, beetles and birds need them (via the Guardian)

Dandelions are demonised as one of the most pernicious weeds, but hold back on the mowing and you’ll find a whole range of garden wildlife depends on them for food, writes Kate Bradbury. Read more here https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2015/may/12/dandelions-pollinators-wildlife-garden ...
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Extracts of Polypore Mushroom Mycelia Reduce Viruses in Honey Bees (via Scientific Reports)

Extracts from amadou (Fomes) and reishi (Ganoderma) fungi reduced the levels of honey bee deformed wing virus (DWV). Read more here https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-32194-8 ...
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Monsanto’s global weedkiller harms honeybees, research finds (via the Guardian)

Glyphosate - the most used pesticide ever - damages the good bacteria in honeybee guts, making them more prone to deadly infections. Read more here https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/24/monsanto-weedkiller-harms-bees-research-finds ...
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Make your garden bee-friendly in autumn (via gardenersworld.com)

Bees are still about in autumn - find out how to make your garden a haven for them. Read more here https://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/make-your-garden-bee-friendly-in-autumn/ ...
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Half the planet should be set aside for wildlife – to save ourselves (via New Scientist)

If we want to avoid extinctions and preserve the ecosystems all life depends on, half of the Earth's land and oceans should be protected by 2050, say biologists. Read more here https://www.newscientist.com/article/2179499-half-the-planet-should-be-set-aside-for-wildlife-to-save-ourselves/ ...
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Councils urged to introduce pollinator action plans to help bees and other insects

East of England councils are being urged to do more to help Britain’s bees and other pollinators – such as cutting areas of grass less often in parks and roadside verges to allow wild flowers to grow.Read more here http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/pollinators-action-plan-bees-suffolk-roadside-verges-1-5647104 ...
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Pesticides in Your Honey?

About three-fourths of honey from around the world contains some pesticides, according to a study published in Science FridayRead more here http://amp.timeinc.net/time/4973279/honey-pesticides-bees ...
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