honey bees, gut bacteria, bee health

How Gut Bacteria Improves Honeybee Health

Honeybees are fortunately more than just a pollinating species with declining population numbers throughout the world. They are also some of the more fascinating insects—nay, animals in general—that can be found in nature today, with their eusocial behavior and their ability as fully-realized colonies to create legitimate superorganisms in the form of hives being among…

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Manuka honey, New Zealand, myrtle rust

NZ Scientist Says of Myrtle Rust: We’ve ‘Lost the Battle’

New Zealand, known as the birthplace of everyone’s favorite gourmet Manuka honey, may have possible “lost the battle” against a fungus called myrtle rust, according to a leading scientist, with the official who’s leading the country’s response saying New Zealand might have to face losing several vulnerable plant species. However, there is still hope of…

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hobbyist beekeeping, honey bees

Hobbyist Beekeepers Save Hives in Virginia

Recent weeks allowed several employees with Virginia’s transportation department to flex their beekeeping skills at work by saving approximately 120,000 honeybees in Amelia and Powhatan counties, allowing the bees to carry on and pollinate as they see fit. While removing dangerous, leaning trees within Powhatan County, a VDOT crew discovered a honeybee hive inside a…

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pesticides, neonics, honey bees, pollinators

Research Saying Properly Used Neonics Not Harmful

According researchers from the University of Guelph, their new studies have shown that three neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) that are used most for flowering crops, despite the growing controversy around them, pose no danger to honeybee populations when used properly for seed treatments. Considering there are governments around the world seeking to ban the manufacture, distribution,…

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Pollination, honey bees, blueberries

Honeybees Discover New Ways to Pollinate Blueberries

As the world’s most famous pollinator at this point, given all of their coverage following the arrival of colony collapse disorder, honeybees are known for their effectiveness and their crucial role in agriculture production. Interestingly, however, they are surprisingly ineffective when it comes to pollinating certain crops, such as tomatoes and blueberries, that other pollinators…

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