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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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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 ...
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Book review: ‘The Lives of Bees’ offers 14 tips to help keep honeybees healthy and pollinating our crops

What were the lives of wild honey bees like before humans began intensively managing them and moving them all over ...
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3 things we should do to preserve insect biodiversity

Insects make up the bulk of terrestrial diversity. Reports of insect declines, best documented in Europe and North America, suggest ...
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German farmer’s group calls for updated EU GMO crop rules to combat climate change

German farmers want access to new breeding technologies to protect against climate change. This would require a change in the ...
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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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French rapeseed yields hit 14-year low following drought, neonicotinoid insecticide ban

French farmers are getting so tired of beetles chomping on their rapeseed that some of them may decide to further ...
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Attacking single gene in deadly parasite could protect honeybees from untreatable infection

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have taken the first step towards a weapon against the major honey bee parasite Nosema ...
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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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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 ...
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Varroa destructor mite attacks on honeybees threaten wild bumblebees, too, research shows

A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research ...
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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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Biopesticide spinosad, popular in organic farming, may harm honeybees, study shows

Bees have experienced substantial colony losses, which were often associated with insecticides. Besides synthetic insecticides biological compounds such as spinosad ...
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German sugar beet planting drops nearly 3% following neonicotinoid insecticide ban

German farmers are estimated to have reduced sugar beet sowings by 2.8 percent to about 379,000 hectares for the 2019 ...
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Pesticide-focused Save America’s Pollinators Act overlooks primary threats to bees and other pollinators

Amid the continuing decline of pollinators worldwide, U.S. lawmakers recently revived a perennially struggling bill that aims to save these ...
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Canada’s neonicotinoid insecticide rules haven’t hit farmers, and tighter regulations coming?

Health Canada’s April decisions on three neonicotinoid insecticides won’t change much for growers this year — but it also won’t ...
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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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Vermont Senate approves bill restricting neonicotinoid insecticide use, ‘small step’ towards outright ban

Senators gave preliminary approval .... to a bill that would restrict the use of a class of pesticides considered to ...
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Viewpoint: Glyphosate harms bees? Anti-biotech campaigners attempt to revive debunked myth blaming world’s most used herbicide

"The honeybee is in no way endangered. If there’s a top ten list of what’s killing honey bee colonies, I’d ...
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Podcast: ‘Are we all going to die?’ Entomologist breaks down the ‘bee-pocalypse’ that ‘threatens the global food supply’

Bees are important crop pollinators and reduced bee numbers have been described by farmers overseas as a bee crisis. Global ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides threaten birds? Friends of the Earth botches the science, entomologist says

Usually the Friends of the Earth emails are about some environmental cause that makes me chuckle. They’re always on the ...
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Viewpoint: Ironically named ‘Saving America’s Pollinators Act’ would harm bees, hinder sustainable farming

Some old ideas for bad laws are endlessly recycled. Take the case of the Saving America’s Pollinators Act, a nearly six-year-old ...
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Fresh from European ban victory, anti-chemical activists turn their sights on Canada, targeting neonicotinoid pesticides as a ‘bee killer’

There is an inevitable consequence when technically inexpert politicians and politically-influenced bureaucrats allow public policy to be driven by dogmatic ...
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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 ...