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New model uncovers possible mechanism behind Varroa mite’s assault on honey bees

The association between the deformed wing virus and the parasitic mite Varroa destructor has been identified as a major cause of worldwide ...
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Canada codifies new neonicotinoid insecticide rules, allows key agricultural use to continue

Health Canada will restrict some uses of neonicotinoid pesticides because of their impact on honeybees and other pollinators, but the ...
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30,000 food products with Non-GMO Project label may be “false or misleading,” FDA guidance document says

The Non-GMO label may soon see its ubiquitous butterfly wings trimmed ...
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Podcast: What would have happened if Darwin and Mendel had been on Twitter?

Where would we be now if Darwin and Mendel had been on Twitter? ...
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Viewpoint: Politico veers again into pseudoscience and politics with another misleading glyphosate infographic

Once again, a website known for its political coverage proves itself unable to report on science-related issues ...
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Car sickness? How transportation harms honey bees, and what we can do about it

Bees have received a lot of attention recently, and for good reason. They face challenges from parasites and pathogens while ...
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Farm groups challenge petition for tighter EPA insecticide rules, saying restrictions could hamper sound conservation

Nearly 100 organizations recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency encouraging the agency to reject a petition related to seeds treated with ...
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Everything you should know about colony collapse disorder and ‘disappearing’ bee populations

During the winter of 2006-2007, beekeepers around the country began reporting unusually high losses of their hives. Between 30 percent ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide ban fuels ‘big rise’ in cabbage stem flea beetle damage to UK oilseed rape crops

Oilseed rape crops across southern England are seeing a big rise in pest damage from cabbage stem flea beetles, with ...
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Oregon’s proposed neonicotinoid insecticide restrictions spark debate over necessity of pesticides

Two bills restricting certain pesticides [got hearings on March 26] in the Oregon legislature. Marie Bowers is a fifth generation ...
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UK experiencing ‘widespread’ decline of insect pollinators, new study claims

Great Britain is in great trouble....it’s running out of pollinators. The Center for Ecology & Hydrology measured the presence of ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide ban, bad weather could cut Europe’s already slumping sugar beet yields

Farmers in western Europe have begun sugar beet planting, with first indications pointing to a drop in area for the ...
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Viewpoint: EU neonicotinoid insecticide restrictions could ‘disrupt global trade flows’

Farmers and the agri-chemical industry are criticizing the European Parliament for seeking to export the EU’s stringent standards on pesticides ...
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Do Roundup Ready GMO crops harm Monarch butterflies? Ecologists weigh in as new data comes to light

Monarch butterfly populations have been declining since the 1990s, and several studies have linked this to the proliferation of crops ...
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Latest ecological fake news scare: Like the ‘honeybee armageddon’ narrative, pesticide-driven ‘insect-pocalypse’ claim is collapsing

The 'bee-pocalypse' was an exaggerated fiction grounded in genuine concerns. The 'insect-pocalypse' is more of the same ...
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Crop biotechnology can aid environmental conservation, African scientists say

Over the years, many plant and animal species have disappeared from Earth, in part due to human degradation of the ...
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Podcast: Primer on bees, varroa mites and the ‘beepocalypse’ that never was

This time it’s all about the bees! From the composition of a working hive to the diseases that plague honey ...
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Oxford zoologists: Insect decline studies could erode confidence in science if not held to rigorous standards

Global rates of insect decline will be very hard to measure. Conclusions regarding drivers and rates of declines can be ...
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Viewpoint: Neonicotinoid ban puts UK sugar beet yields at risk for first time in 25 years

For the past 25 years, sugar beet agronomy hasn’t been complicated by the threat of virus yellows – it’s only ...
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Buy local; save the bees; avoid GMOs: Americans’ top food-related causes

For companies to successfully fulfill [consumer demand for transparency], they need to be in tune to what causes and concerns ...
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Viewpoint: Farmers’ crops are failing, and Europe’s precautionary assault on neonicotinoid insecticides is to blame

Farmers will never forget the last five years of incompetence from the European Commission ...
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UN report warning of ‘disappearing’ biodiversity raises unjustified alarms about food security, agronomist argues

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has just published a voluminous report, The State of the World ‘s Biodiversity for ...
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What spider genetics can tell us about evolutionary relationships and cut-throat competition

What’s the most famous — or even the most infamous — spider in the world? The tarantula? The black widow? ...
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Citing ‘unintended’ environmental impacts, Scottish politician urges UK to ditch EU’s neonicotinoid ban post Brexit

EUROPE’S ban on neonicotinoid pesticides should not be transferred into the UK’s post-Brexit legislation, according to Scottish Conservative MP Colin ...
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EU neonicotinoid insecticide ban, Brexit prompt some UK farmers to grow less risky crops to protect yields

The [UK] Paterson Farming Partnership is a joint venture between Worstead Farms, run by brothers Gavin, Bruce and Alex Paterson, ...
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Claims of ‘insect armageddon’ based on ‘patchy, unrepresentative and piecemeal’ data, entomologists say

In 1828, a teenager named Charles Darwin opened a letter to his cousin with “I am dying by inches, from not having ...
US Rep Earl Blumenauer introduces bill to suspend neonicotinoid insecticide use, citing 'devastating' impact on bees

US Rep Earl Blumenauer introduces bill to suspend neonicotinoid insecticide use, citing ‘devastating’ impact on bees

On [February 21], Congressman Earl Blumenauer [of Oregon] introduced legislation he said will help bees by suspending the use of insecticides that ...
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Viewpoint: Pervert science at your peril—anti-GMO campaigners, vaccine deniers and ‘bee-pocalypse’ scaremongers find common ground in ‘evidence rejectionism’

Widespread misunderstanding of the nature of science and the confirmation bias spawned by social media and the internet can have ...