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Disease is the greatest threat to bee health. Can we protect them through genetically engineered probiotics?

If you cannot engineer the organism, engineer its microbiome. Since scientists began exploring how to solve problems using synthetic biology, ...
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No, we aren’t losing all of our honeybees. And neonicotinoid seed coatings aren’t driving their health problems—here’s why

The meme targeting neonics with the not-all-that vulnerable honeybee as their symbol is a powerful fund-raising tool for activists ...
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Challenging media narrative about the ‘birds and the bees’—neither faces serious threats from neonicotinoids or other crop chemicals

Discarding this valuable crop protection tool is a questionable strategy ...

Honeybees and chemicals: Popular neonicotinoid insecticides ‘safe and effective,’ Australia confirms

There have been scientific studies published that suggest a link between the use of neonicotinoids and the declining health of ...

While managed honeybees get all the attention, some native pollinators ‘dwindle toward extinction’

Those honeybees you’ve been fretting over are getting native bumblebees sick. A new study shows that viruses infecting domestic honeybees ...

Saving bees ‘to death’? Our efforts to grow the honeybee population by using artificial hives may harm other pollinators

Everyone wants to save the bees. But as populations decline every year, we may be saving them to death. Human ...
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Varroa mites central driver of uptick in overwinter honeybee colony losses according to 2018-2019 survey, worrying entomologists

Beekeepers across the United States lost 40.7% of their honey bee colonies from April 2018 to April 2019, according to ...

Why neonicotinoid pesticides don’t deserve a ‘deadly to bees’ label

While some activists blame the popular class of pesticides for bee deaths, research suggests there are many contributing factors. And ...

Canada’s suspect move to phase out neonicotinoids to ‘protect bees’ sets stage for US regulatory battle

Canada’s PMRA—its environmental regulatory agency, part of HealthCanada—rolled out for public comment its tentative decision to phase out almost all ...
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Buzz Kill: How the Sierra Club uses scare tactics about bee health and twists the science to raise money

The Sierra Club, once venerated for its problem-solving approach to environmental issues, has become a shrill campaigner against many modern ...
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