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A warming world may spell bad news for honey bees

Posted by External 23 days ago General — A bee parasites from exotic climates threatens UK bees. Research predicts that an exotic gut parasite could cause increasing damage to UK bees as climates warms. Read More
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Age matters: Young larvae boost pollen foraging in honey bees

Posted by External 32 days ago General — Adult bees foraging for food use the changing pheromone signals of the young to adjust what nutritional resources they collect. Honey bees return to the hive with one and one half times more protein-rich pollen, when exposed to young larvae as compared to old larvae. The researchers also discovered that significantly fewer foragers return home empty -- a finding that could have an impact in agric Read More
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Getting the Buzz on Bees

Posted by External 44 days ago General — Because bees are big business in the U.S., collecting and sharing data about the insect is important to address the decline in bee populations. Read More
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Using microscopic bugs to save the bees

Posted by External 53 days ago General — For decades, honeybees have been battling a deadly disease that kills off their babies -- larvae -- and leads to hive collapse. It's called American Foulbrood and its effects are so devastating and infectious, it often requires infected hives to be burned to the ground. Now researchers have produced a natural way to eliminate the scourge, and it's working: Using tiny killer bugs known as phages t Read More
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Flying doctor bees to prevent cherry disease

Posted by External 86 days ago General — A method to use bees to deliver disease control to cherry blossom, preventing brown rot in cherries, is being introduced by researchers. "Brown rot is caused by a fungus that significantly impacts the cherry industry through costs of applying fungicide, yield loss and fruit spoilage," says the project's leader and bee researcher. Read More
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Of bees, mites, and viruses: Virus infections after arrival of new parasitic mite in New Zealand honeybee colonies

Posted by External 121 days ago General — Honeybee colonies are dying at alarming rates worldwide. A variety of factors have been proposed to explain their decline, but the exact cause -- and how bees can be saved -- remains unclear. A new article examines the viral landscape in honeybee colonies in New Zealand after the recent arrival of the parasitic Varroa destructor mite. Read More
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Bees Don't Always Listen to the Hive

Posted by External 134 days ago General — Honey bees are known for their fascinating social structure. A honey bee colony is in fact a well-organized machine, running on good communication, defense and division of labor. As social insects, honey bees have also been shown the communicate to their fellow foragers, a dance to tell their counterparts where food is located. But listening to other bees isn’t always the name of the game. Read More
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Vasculature of the hive: How honey bees stay cool

Posted by External 150 days ago General — Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. New research also supports the theoretical construct of the bee hive as a superorganism — an entity in which its many members carry out specialized and vital functions to keep the whole functioning as a unit. Read More
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