pollinators

Traveling bees have shorter lives, more stress

Research from North Carolina State University, published in Scientific Reports, shows that travel can adversely affect bee health and lifespans. Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are frequently trucked around the United States to pollinate crops like... more »

Study: Neonicotinoids pose low risk to honeybees

While neonicotinoid pesticides can harm honey bees, a new study by Washington State University researchers shows that the substances pose little risk to bees in real-world settings. The team of WSU entomologists studied apiaries in... more »

More wild bee habitat would benefit growers

Around the country, many growers contend with too few bees for pollinating their crops. An MSU scholar has been working on ways to get both wild bees and human-managed honeybees to be more effective. We... more »

MSU researchers work to protect bees

It’s been four years since Michigan State University AgBioResearch entomologist Rufus Isaacs and his team set out to find methods that could help growers ensure their crops were pollinated in the face of rising threats... more »

Online guide outlines Michigan beekeeping regulations

Do you keep bees in Michigan? Are you thinking about beekeeping or selling honey? Michigan State University Extension has developed a new resource that outlines the rules and regulations surrounding honey bees in Michigan. Before keeping... more »

Study analyzes individual neonicotinoid effects on bees

A new study analyzes the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides to determine their relative risk to bumblebees. The study published in Scientific Reports, "Neonicotinoids target distinct nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and neurons, leading to differential risks to... more »

App helps protect bees from pesticides

Protecting bees from pesticides just got easier with the release by Oregon State University of a smartphone app that farmers and beekeepers can use to consult a publication when they’re out in the field. The... more »

Maryland lawmakers enact ban on neonicotinoids

Maryland lawmakers have approved legislation that will prohibit the retail sale and household use of neonicotinoid pesticides beginning in 2018. Commercial applications will still be permitted. Gov. Larry Hogan is now reviewing the legislation, which... more »

Ground-nesting bees on farms lack food, grow smaller

According to a recent study, the size of a common ground-nesting bee — an important crop pollinator — has grown smaller in heavily farmed landscapes. The link between intensive agriculture and the size of Andrena nasonii... more »

Bee Vectoring Technologies announces US patent approvals

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. (BVT) announced it has received a notice of application approval from the U.S patent and trademark office for two of its three pending applications. BVT said it has actively sought... more »

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