stingless bees, honeybees, pollination

Stingless Bees – A Honeybee Alternative?

With the world’s global honeybee populations seeing various levels of decline and potentially further decreases in the future, scientists and entire governments are researching and seeking ways to improve not only honeybee numbers but also those of native wild bee species like bumblebees. Their importance to crop production is critical, as wild and “domesticated” pollinators…

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Häagen-Dazs, ice cream, honey bees

A Free Ice Cream Cone Day by Häagen-Dazs – for Honeybees

By its own account, the Häagen-Dazs ice cream brand started in 1961 under Reuben and Rose Mattus. Innovators of their time, they sought to improve their industry by using the best ingredients to create better products. Beginning with only three flavors, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, Häagen-Dazs opened its first retail store in 1976. Growing into…

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pesticide, honeybee fight,

Honeybee Flight Damaged by Common Pesticide

Scientists continue to seek out the root causes behind colony collapse disorder (CCD), which has been leading to declining honeybee populations for years. Between 2015-2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that beekeepers around the country lost 44 percent of their hives. Many factors have been considered over what is causing CCD, including malnutrition, diseases,…

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crowdfunding, beekeeping, honey bee

Beekeepers Get a Leg Up with Crowdfunding

Beekeepers around the world have their hands full keeping their honeybee hives healthy and active, especially given the threat of colony collapse disorder (CCD), loss of food sources, pathogens, and pest infestations. Thankfully, proactive efforts are being made on all sides to help these apiarists better monitor their hives. Hivemind, a New Zealand-based “smart hive”…

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Honeybees, Research, Resilience, Health, Breed

Scientists Hoping to Breed Disease Resistant Bees

Pathogen Patterns By studying the genes of honeybees, scientists may one day better comprehend the diseases and viruses that affect them, specifically how their genes resist. “In the past decade, honeybee populations have experienced severe and persistent losses across the Northern Hemisphere, mainly due to the effects of pathogens, such as fungi and viruses,” says…

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Honey, Wine, Vineyard, Beekeeping

Honey and Terroir: How Wine and Honey Can Mix

A honeybee hive’s natural environment determines the color, consistency, and flavor of the honey within it. Simply put, honey has terroir, defined as the characteristic taste and flavor imparted to wine by the environment in which it’s made. Anthony Hamilton Russell, who owns the Hamilton Russell Vineyards in South America, directly compares honey to wine because…

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Soccer, Bumblebees, Research, Colony

Scientists Train Bees to Play Soccer

Not only are bees a key component of our ecosystem, but they’re also extremely intelligent. Specifically, bumblebees have demonstrated an aptitude for learning various activities, including sports. In a recently published study by Science, researchers from London’s Queen Mary University discovered that bees can learn complex tasks we never would have expected—like playing soccer.  The team…

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Drones, Agriculture, Bees, Pollinators

Scientists Building Bee Drones in Case of Extinction

It’s well known that honeybee and other bee populations are decreasing globally and alarmingly quick. Because of the possibility of bee extinction, while very far off, is a possibility nonetheless, researchers from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan are developing pollinating drones since human beings rely heavily on bees…

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Pesticides, Honeybees, Neonicotinoids,

Study on Pesticides – Low Risk to Honeybees?

A recent study by a global agrochemical company, which concluded there was only a low risk to honeybees from the widely used popular pesticides neonicotinoids, has been called “misleading” in new research published by statisticians from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews. Neonicotinoids, also called neonics, may be implicated in honeybee losses and that of other…

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honey, honeybees, bees

East Africa May Hold Key to Healthier Honeybees

Honeybees have been serving as pollinators for millennia, and today they support a multi-billion dollar agriculture industry. However, honeybee health has never been more precarious. Misuse of pesticides, pests within the hive, and climate change are among the threats they face. Most honeybee populations in the U.S. and Europe are showing signs of stress—that is,…

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US, EPA, pesticides

EPA Decision Enrages Environmentalists

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledged that three of the nation’s most popular neonicotinoid pesticides pose risks to commercial honeybees. However, in a recent second decision, the agency refused to restrict the use of any deadly pesticides despite evidence of their harm to pollinators. The EPA analysis indicated that honeybees can be harmed by…

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