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Pesticides harm honey bee immune systems

Nov 20, 2013

Research out of Italy confirms the harmful effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bee health. The study, published in PNAS, examined the molecular mechanism of how neonicotinoids affect bee immune function. They found that even at low levels of exposure, neonicotinoid pesticides can harm honey bee immune systems. This, in turn, allows for bee infection, […]

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Pollinator Problems: How pesticides are hurting our beneficial insects

Sep 15, 2013

Honey bee population decline has been receiving a lot of attention lately, and with good reason. Without bees, many important crops would disappear, such as apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, avocados, and oranges. Some of the awareness campaigns addressing honey bee loss have been especially poignant, such as the pictures of a Whole Foods in Rode […]

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Plants sold at home and garden stores may have high toxic chemical levels

Sep 06, 2013

Concerned by the declining numbers of honeybees, many community members have attempted to provide urban foraging grounds for pollinators through bee-friendly garden plantings. Unfortunately, according to a recent report published by Friends of the Earth, these actions of goodwill toward bees may have unintended consequences. Researchers found that 54 percent of plants purchased from commercial […]

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Honeybee population decline effects on crops

Aug 16, 2013

The mass deaths of bees associated with colony collapse disorder (CCD) may prove disastrous for farmers. This pollinator population decline has been accelerating in recent years, leaving many farmers who raise crops dependent on bees—such as apples, oranges, almonds, cherries, blueberries, avocados, cucumbers, and pumpkins–struggling. The honeybee disappearance appears to be primarily due to pesticides. […]

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Radio telemetry used to track honey bees

Aug 13, 2013

Scientists plan to track honeybees using radio telemetry in an effort to better understand and reduce the impacts of colony collapse disorder. In Möggingen, Germany, researchers led by Dr. Martin Wikelski at the Institute for Ornithology are developing transmitters with radar-detection small enough to be carried by pollinators. Tracking honeybees with these transmitters will allow […]

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Neonicotinoid pesticides: Killing more than bees

Aug 03, 2013

Findings of a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Immunology and Toxicology reveal that neonicotinoid pesticide use is linked with plummeting wildlife populations in addition to bee declines. This study supports previous study findings that neonicotinoids are a likely cause for honey bee disappearance. Unlike other studies, researchers also included fish, amphibians, birds, […]

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Pesticide cocktails linked to bee deaths

Jul 30, 2013

In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture identify a combination of insecticides and fungicides that are the probable cause of colony collapse disorder. This cocktail of pesticides contaminates the pollen that bees feed to their larvae, resulting in a significant decline […]

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Loss of a Single Bee Species Can Harm Plants

Jul 29, 2013

Researchers have identified another mechanism linking bee population decline to reduced biodiversity. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week showed that a decrease in a single bee species could result in reduced flower pollination rates, even when other species population numbers were unaltered. The reason behind this lack […]

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Return of long-absent bumblebee near Seattle stirs scientific buzz

Jul 27, 2013

The long-absent western bumblebee, known to scientists as Bombus occidentalis, has been sighted in Washington state. This native bumblebee species, valued as a key pollinator for tomatoes and cranberries, experienced a dramatic population crash, all but vanishing from nearly all of its natural range. Last year, however, a single western bumblebee was discovered for the […]

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Honey Bees: An Interview with Madhava

Jun 19, 2012

An Interview with Madhava Natural Sweeteners Have you seen a decline in your bees due to colony collapse disorder? There has been a problem worldwide with colony collapse. What species is the most affected? There are organizations that are studying this closely. Why are bees so important? Honeybees are best known for making honey but […]

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