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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New Prediction Model Provides Insight on Bees

According to a 2015-16 U.S. Agriculture Department-funded survey, beekeepers in the United States lost a recorded 44 percent of their honeybee colonies, with many placing the blame on the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), itself likely caused by other factors—pesticides, habitat loss, pathogens, parasites, or malnutrition. CCD, which results when almost all of…

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