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College Students Developing App to Save Honeybees

Considering how much New Zealand’s honey industry has expanded in the last few decades, it’s not surprising to hear that some of the country’s college student are doing what they can to help save honeybees and their declining populations. Four students with Paeroa College—Ariihia Morehu, Timoti Wiperi, Hamish Buchanan, and Jeramiah Coffey—have begun developing a smartphone app that will…

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Advances at WSU May Help Save Honeybees

Researchers with Washington State University (WSU) may have found a way help save honeybees by introducing micro-particles into the insects’ digestive systems, and from there the particles would absorb the damaging toxins often in pesticides. WSU bioengineering project manager Waled Suliman has stated that the material his team has developed only attracts specific compounds within…

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Higher Temperatures Threaten Turkey’s Honeybees and Raw Honey Production

The beekeeping industry has been keeping an eye on the bee colony collapse dilemma, but that has mostly been associated with pesticides until very recently. Now, we are starting to see higher temperatures than normal starting to take a toll. Beekeepers in Turkey are the latest to report higher temperatures creating some rather challenging conditions…

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The Honeybee’s Circadian Rhythm

The behavior of every living creature is regulated by circadian clocks, even small insects like honeybees, and scientists with Germany’s University of Würzburg are looking closely at the molecular processes and anatomical structures of the honeybee’s circadian clock. The questions they have regarding these insects are boundless—how do honeybees know the right times to visit…

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Are Honeybees Attracted to the Chemicals Causing Them Harm?

Based on several recent experiments, there is a strong possibility that honeybees are drawn to the same chemicals that could mean their downfall, with the experiments themselves featuring bees that preferred water mixed with the chemicals and not just sugar. These findings, which were published recently in Scientific Reports, indicate that popular fungicides and herbicides…

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Azerbaijan Out to Improve Honeybee Gene Pool

In Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, which is a small country bordering Armenia, Iran, and the Caspian Sea, the country’s Agriculture Ministry, along with the help of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), hosted a seminar for a new project they’re implementing: “Improving living standards of rural population through increasing productivity in beekeeping.”…

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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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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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Scientist Reports Key Findings in Honeybee Antiviral Defenses

Dr. Laura Brutscher, a honeybee researcher with a doctorate in immunology and microbiology, recently published a study in the journal Scientific Reports detailing the mechanisms honey bees use in order to fight viruses. According to Brutscher, “This project has taken a lot of patience, time, and perseverance, so it’s personally validating to know that my…

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Scientists Use Pheromone to Control Honeybee Predator

For the past ten years, Asian hornets, which are predatory insects that currently have widespread, expanding populations, have effectively invaded sections of both Europe and the Korean Peninsula. This particular type of hornet, or Vespa velutina as its scientific name designates, has been mounting quite the reputation, specifically as a rapidly proliferating species that preys…

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