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Montana College Gets New Honeybee Colonies

For as long as we’ve studied them, pathogens still require further understanding for how they affect living creatures at the rates in which they do. Given the rate at which honeybee colonies are collapsing—almost 30 percent annually—and the fact of pathogens being a contributing factor, there has been much research focusing on how exactly pathogens are…

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Varroa Mite Infestations Worse than Ever Thought

As many likely know or have at least heard, US honeybee populations are declining for more than one reason including pesticides, lack of nutrition, and the spread of diseases through varroa mites and other parasites acting as vectors (like mosquitoes and malaria). In an effort to understand these factors, especially diseases, USDA and university researchers…

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Miracle-Gro Eliminating Harmful Class of Pesticides

There has been a debate going on regarding the effects of certain pesticides—specifically those containing neonicotinoids—on honeybees and other pollinating insects. As per this debate, the EPA is currently investigating the possibility of these harmful pesticides contributing to colony collapse disorder (CCD)—the sudden disappearance of worker bees for no plausible reason. The state of Maryland…

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Honeybees Find Homes on San Francisco Hotels

Reports of declining honeybee populations due to mites, diseases, and pesticides have unfortunately become the norm, with plenty of researchers doing what they can to alleviate the problem. Luckily, there are plenty of others out there as well going the extra mile to help the hurting pollinators—and, surprisingly, some of those others are San Francisco…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Honeybee Breeds

At some point in recent years, raising one’s own honeybee colonies became a popular hobby, in line with the “green trend” sweeping the nation and showcasing environmental awareness. And while many are getting into beekeeping, most people view honeybees as “just honeybees,” without knowing different breeds. Just like Angus and Holstein cows, border collies and Labradors,…

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Honeybee Viruses: Can They Transfer Between Species?

The desperate situation for global honeybee populations has left many researchers, scientists, and even political leaders worried about how they can possibly support the world’s growing population and its food demands with collapsing bee colonies everywhere. There have been many studies performed to understand the origins of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and how to possibly…

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Starved Baby Honeybees Grow into Stronger Adults

With global honeybee populations plummeting at staggering rates, researchers are implementing conservation efforts left and right to decrease the rate of loss or stop it all together, especially with our own growing food demands depending on honeybees. One of the many causes believed linked to their declining populations and collapsing colonies (called colony collapse disorder…

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Honeybees and Humans—Partners Since the Stone Age

Modern agriculture is what is today due to centuries and even millennia of improving and refining techniques and, for some agriculture, domesticating animals from cows, dogs, and even honeybees to a degree. From their roles as pollinators and the products they produce—honey, beeswax—honeybees have gone from largely wild animals to domesticated creatures whom we can…

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Maryland Stepping Up Against Dangerous Pesticides

The fight to preserve honeybee populations is an ongoing struggle, and while some states have found success amidst the uncertainty and reported colony collapses, there are still plenty reporting mass losses in honeybees and honey shortages. While the exact cause is still under debate, many researchers believe a contributing factor to colony collapses is the…

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IL Entomology Professor Advocates—Save Honeybees

Experts in the field of entomology—the study of insects—have been studying the ongoing crisis of declining honeybee populations, hoping to not only save honeybees from extinction but also get them flourishing again like that of previous years. One such expert, Dr. May Berenbaum, has been studying the chemical mechanisms between insects and their host plants her…

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The Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Disrupts Learning in Bees–and Us

The ongoing debate regarding the use of pesticides in agricultural and gardening operations is known to be heated and determined, but luckily such a debate forces agencies with the available resources to gather answers to important ongoing questions. A recent study published in the Journal of Chemical Ecology focused on the potential effects of the…

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