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Neonicotinoid insecticide may reduce wild bumblebee queens' egg development, lab study finds

Neonicotinoid insecticide may reduce wild bumblebee queens’ egg development, lab study finds

Use of a common pesticide in spring could have an impact on wild bumblebees by interfering with their life cycle, ...
UK government advisors: Farmers' emergency application for neonicotinoid insecticide use should be refused

UK government advisors: Farmers’ emergency application for neonicotinoid insecticide use should be refused

The National Farming Union’s (NFU) application for an emergency authorisation for neonicotinoid seed treatments is not looking hopeful as Government ...
Neonicotinoid ban cost UK farmers $23.7 million in 2016, while replacement pesticide use soared

Neonicotinoid ban cost UK farmers $23.7 million in 2016, while replacement pesticide use soared

The full cost to farmers of the neonicotinoid ban in 2016 was £18.4 million ($23.7) and resulted in almost 28,800 ...
Largest threat to honey bees in Canada? Bears

Largest threat to honey bees in Canada? Bears

Contrary to what some headlines and marketing campaigns would lead us to believe, honey bee numbers in Canada are at ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week - May 1, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – May 1, 2017

How US NGOs are exploiting Europe’s precautionary chemophobia to ban glyphosate and GMOs | David Zaruk Can epigenetics help fuel personalized ...
Are neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments endangering wild bees?

Are neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments endangering wild bees?

Environmentalists often blame neonicotinoid insecticides for the plight of wild bee species. But the science doesn't support this hypothesis, and ...
Wide range, high levels of pesticides found in apple orchard honeybee colonies

Wide range, high levels of pesticides found in apple orchard honeybee colonies

Honeybees - employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season - encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according ...
How US NGOs are exploiting Europe's precautionary chemophobia to ban glyphosate and GMOs

How US NGOs are exploiting Europe’s precautionary chemophobia to ban glyphosate and GMOs

Environmental NGOs have a harder time influencing the evidence-based US regulatory system, so they're taking the fight to Europe — ...
'Wouldn’t help much': What would a ban on neonicotinoid insecticides do for bee health?

‘Wouldn’t help much’: What would a ban on neonicotinoid insecticides do for bee health?

“Everyone knows insecticides can kill bees,” says honeybee biologist Francis Ratnieks at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. “The ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Evolution of instincts — How 'real' is behavioral plasticity?

Epigenetics Around the Web: Evolution of instincts — How ‘real’ is behavioral plasticity?

A researcher's decision to broadcast his controversial hypothesis about the evolution of instincts is irresponsible, and a study throws cold ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week - April 24, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – April 24, 2017

GMO corn that resists cancer-causing aflatoxin showcases biotech’s life-saving potential | Steve Savage Behold the octopus: Problem solver, tool user and now, ...
Bee experts say ditch Cheerios' wildflower seeds, plant native ones to fight pollinator decline

Bee experts say ditch Cheerios’ wildflower seeds, plant native ones to fight pollinator decline

[Editor's note: Jenna Gallegos is a 5th year plant biology PhD student at the University of California, Davis.] Honeybees are ...
Boulder County, Colorado to phase out GMO crops and neonicotinoid insecticides

Boulder County, Colorado to phase out GMO crops and neonicotinoid insecticides

Boulder County commissioners voted 2-1 on Thursday [April 13, 2017] to approve the latest version of their plan for phasing ...
Neonicotinoid fiasco: How American NGOs turn Europe against science, push EU towards insecticide ban

Neonicotinoid fiasco: How American NGOs turn Europe against science, push EU towards insecticide ban

The current EU ban on neonics has been disastrously counterproductive, resulting in an increased use of more damaging pesticides, mainly ...
Urban 'treatment-free' beekeeping leads to explosion in killer Varroa mites

Urban ‘treatment-free’ beekeeping leads to explosion in killer Varroa mites

[Editor's note: Toni Burnham runs one of 10 hives at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.] In this season of vitriol ...
Biotech and non-GMO crops may need less separation than believed to prevent 'contamination'

Biotech and non-GMO crops may need less separation than believed to prevent ‘contamination’

“Trying to figure out how far GM pollen will travel is really difficult,” says study co-author Rebecca Tyson, associate professor ...
Hobbyist beekeeping practices and rejection of chemical treatments major driver of bee-killing Varroa mites and disease

Hobbyist beekeeping practices and rejection of chemical treatments major driver of bee-killing Varroa mites and disease

Hobby beekeeping is very common. A European Bee Health Report found that in many countries, the majority of beekeepers pursue the activity ...
Video: CRISPR-created seedless tomatoes could eliminate need for bee pollination

Video: CRISPR-created seedless tomatoes could eliminate need for bee pollination

Don’t like the seeds in tomatoes? You might be pleased to know that seedless ones have been created by gene editing ...
Will rusty patched bumble bee's endangered listing become a legal weapon for anti-development activists?

Will rusty patched bumble bee’s endangered listing become a legal weapon for anti-development activists?

[Editor's note: Paul Driessen is a policy adviser for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow.] Trump’s Interior Department opened a ...
Biodiversity on the farm: It's more complicated than you might think

Biodiversity on the farm: It’s more complicated than you might think

[Editor's note: William Price is a statistician in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho ...
How 'human bees',  biotechnologists and Gates Foundation are rescuing the African cassava staple

How ‘human bees’, biotechnologists and Gates Foundation are rescuing the African cassava staple

Neither conventional breeding nor genetic engineering alone can solve the viruses threatening Africa's key crop. Add some Gates' funding and ...
Inexperienced hobbyist beekeepers 'major driver' of honey bee colony losses in Europe

Inexperienced hobbyist beekeepers ‘major driver’ of honey bee colony losses in Europe

Reports of honey bee population decline has spurred many national efforts to understand the extent of the problem and to ...
Neonicotinoid insecticides in trace level parts per trillion detected in drinking water in Iowa

Neonicotinoid insecticides in trace level parts per trillion detected in drinking water in Iowa

[A] team of chemists and engineers at the [U.S. Geological Survey] and University of Iowa reported that they found neonicotinoids ...
Bee-apocalypse update: Honeybee deaths linked to gut microbe-altering antibiotic

Bee-apocalypse update: Honeybee deaths linked to gut microbe-altering antibiotic

[Editor's note: Kasie Raymann, Zach Shaffer, and Nancy Moran are researchers in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University ...
What is synthetic biology?

What is synthetic biology?

[Synthetic biology is] a discipline that brings together the insights and methodologies of computer science; engineering; and, of course, biology ...
Scientists challenge Center for Biological Diversity report claiming wild bees near extinction

Scientists challenge Center for Biological Diversity report claiming wild bees near extinction

An environmental group's report grabbed headlines for claiming 1 in 4 wild bee species is at risk of extinction. Many ...
Oregon considers new restrictions, labels for neonicotinoid insecticides over bee health concerns

Oregon considers new restrictions, labels for neonicotinoid insecticides over bee health concerns

Neonicotinoid pesticides, which critics blame for death and illness among pollinators, would be subject to new restrictions and labeling rules ...
Potato pest developing resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides

Potato pest developing resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides

The potato industry may be losing a mainstay in the battle against [the plant-feeding insect] psyllids, according to a recent ...