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Pollen diversity boosts honeybee defenses against parasites, insecticides, long-distance transport

A new study provides valuable insights into pollen abundance and diversity available to honeybee colonies employed in five major pollinator-dependent ...
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Radar and robots: Can technology turn honeybees into more efficient pollinators?

According to the Bee Informed Partnership, 37.7% of managed honey bee colonies were lost during the 2018-19 winter — the ...
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Viewpoint: Why the Non-GMO Project label is little more than a marketing tool that deceives consumers

The presence of a Non-GMO Project seal of approval doesn't really tell consumers anything about their food ...
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Acute exposure to controversial insecticide sulfoxaflor doesn’t impact bee learning, study shows

Systemic insecticides such as neonicotinoids and sulfoximines can be present in the nectar and pollen of treated crops, through which ...
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Milkweed: Mother’s milk for monarch butterflies, but yield-robbing weed for farmers

Can we encourage a resurgence in butterfly-friendly milkweed populations without making farming even more challenging? ...
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The world faces ‘pollinator collapse’? How and why the media get the science wrong time and again

With neither the facts nor the science on their side, environmental advocacy groups are simply pounding the table ...
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Sen. Chuck Schumer: Pesticide industry behind USDA suspension of honeybee population research

Sen. Chuck Schumer on [July 28] blasted the US Department of Agriculture for suspending data collection of the decline of ...
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Video: Can we keep this parasitic, bee-killing mite out of the US?

“Bees are not just an incredibly charismatic insect, they’re also incredibly vital to our way of life as human beings,” ...
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EPA weighs in on sulfoxaflor: Genetic Literacy Project Q&A on controversial decision to lift restrictions on alleged ‘bee-killing’ pesticide

The FDA replied to our questions with a detailed defense of its decision to lift restrictions on sulfoxaflor ...
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‘Industrial-scale’ beekeeping doesn’t boost disease prevalence in honeybee colonies, study shows

It is generally thought that the intensification of farming will result in higher disease prevalences, although there is little specific ...
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New test accurately estimates bee exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides, study claims

Bee populations are declining, and neonicotinoid pesticides continue to be investigated — and in some cases banned — because of ...
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No Bee Armageddon: US honeybee colony numbers stable for 25 years. Thank capitalism?

Warnings of an impending "bee apocalypse" became widespread in 2006, after some commercial beekeepers reported the mass disappearance of worker ...
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Global farming trends put pollinators at risk, threaten food security, study claims

A multinational team of researchers has identified countries where agriculture’s increasing dependence on pollination, coupled with a lack of crop ...
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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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If US banned neonicotinoid insecticides, pesticide use could increase, posing threat to humans and pollinators, study suggests

New research from Gian Carlo Moschini at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University and Ed ...
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Bees with access to diverse flowering plants are healthier pollinators, USDA study shows

Everyone wants healthy, thriving honey bee colonies. One-third of the food we eat requires pollinators, and commercial beekeepers transport honey ...
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Entomologists say urban hobby beekeepers are serious threat to wild bees

There is a downside to the urban beehive boom in Montreal. Entomologists say honey bee hives are a growing threat ...
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United Nations: Intensive agriculture driving bee declines, threatening global food security

Declining bee populations pose threat to global food security and nutrition FAO urges countries to step up efforts to protect ...
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Some wild bee populations declining, but ‘scarce data’ hamper impact and research efforts

More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on ...
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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 ...