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

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 … Continue reading Social Bee-stortion: Exploring Pesticide’s Effects on Pollinators (via biology.ucdavis.edu)