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Neonicotinoid insecticide exposure could harm ground-nesting bees, study suggests

In a first-ever study investigating the risk of neonicotinoid insecticides to ground-nesting bees, University of Guelph researchers have discovered at ...
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‘Severe blow’ to Irish agriculture: Regulators reject farmers’ request to use neonicotinoid insecticides

The failure to grant a derogation for the use of Redigo Deter seed dressing – which contains the neonicotinoid clothianidin ...
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Gene-silencing biopesticide targets harmful insects without threatening pollinators

A natural, sustainable alternative to pesticides that targets specific pests, without harming beneficial pollinators such as honeybees, is being developed ...
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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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Activist group Friends of the Earth study reports farms 48 times more toxic than 25 years ago, blames neonicotinoids

[T]he United States’ agricultural landscape is 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 25 years ago. Per a ...
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‘Blame nature not pesticides’: Bee health detectives unravel mystery of 2013 Oregon bumblebee mass deaths

In June 2013, in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Ore., an estimated 50,000 bumblebees dropped dead. Shoppers reported bees falling from ...
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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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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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