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Wild Bees are Less Abundant in Areas Where They are Needed

While there has been a great deal of attention placed on the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder, the bees that are affected by CCD are commercial honeybees, with known populations that have numbers that can be easily quantified. However, the pollination provided by wild bees is also important to the growth cycle of crops, and supplements the...
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Canadian Researchers to Study and Breed Genetically-Superior Bees

To help combat declining bee populations, Canadian researchers have been granted funding to study the genetic makeup of honeybees, to identify the markers of 12 economically-desired traits that the important insects have; then, they plan to use that knowledge to breed a genetically-superior bee, one designed to survive harsh Canadian winters....
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Weekender: The Humble Honey Bee - Could Their Extinction Threaten Mankind's Future?

The humble honey bee, so small and insignificant. Yet could the possible extinction of this tiny creature have a severe and profound impact on our future?

Bee populations have been slowly dwindling for decades, threatened by a variety of different environmental adversaries, yet little is being done to recognise the profound impact...
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We Have to Save Our Bees

Last year, half of all of California's bees died off, and bee populations across the world continued to plummet. The research is...
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Massive Worldwide Bee Decline Continues as Pesticide Companies Ramp Up the PR

On May 13 reported that bee colonies in the United States have been devastated, and now similar devastation is being reported from the United Kingdom. If colonies continue to collapse at this rate, many primary food sources are going to become scarce due to...
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US Bee Colonies Devastated, Threatening Food Supply

A third of all honeybee colonies in the United States died last winter. This is a catastrophic rate of decline which, if it continues, will threaten the national food supply beginning within a few years. The rate of decline is roughly twice what the bee population can sustain. Last March, the California almond crop was threatened by a lack of...
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Flowers Zap Bees

Flowers' methods of communicating are at least as sophisticated as any devised by an advertising agency, but for any advertisement to be successful, it has to reach, and be perceived by, its target audience. Pollinators such as bumblebees are able to find and distinguish electric signals given out by flowers.

Flowers often produce...
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Give Them a Sip

We have a lot to thank bees for, so maybe we should let them share our lattes.

It turns out that bees like caffeine, and that ingesting it actually boosts their memories. But where can they get it? They're attracted to citrus flowers because they have caffeine-...
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Bee Venom Kills AIDS

A new study show that bee venom can kill the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). While we don't recommend getting stung by bees as a preventative, this COULD be incorporated into a protective gel for women.

The secret is a toxin called melittin that's found in the venom.

In the Huffington Post, Cavan Sieczkowski quotes...
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Bee Beauty

Some things never change. Bee stings have been used as medicine and beauty treatments since the days of ancient Egypt. Bee venom contains a compound which stimulates the body's production of collagen and elastin, which makes us look younger. It may even help prevent...
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Bees Have Discovered Fountain of Youth

Bees are amazing creatures. Scientists have discovered that older honey bees REVERSE brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees. They discovered that tricking older, foraging bees into doing social tasks inside the nest causes changes...
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Size Matters: Smaller is Sometimes Better

Which is better: The large agribusinesses that seem to be taking over the world (and killing off the bees) or small, (often organic) local farmers? AND sociologists say that small businesses...
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What's Killing the Bees

New studies show that a widely used insecticide can threaten the health of bumblebee colonies and interfere with the homing abilities of honeybees.

Science Daily quotes bee researcher Dave Goulson as saying, "Some bumblebee species have declined hugely. For example, in North America, several bumblebee species which used to be...
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How Bees Become Zombies

Just when we thought that all the problems with bees were finally solved, along comes a NEW one: wasps that turn bees into zombies. Honeybees that have been parasitized by this wasp have been...
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Bees Function Like a Brain

Bees do a quantum dance in order to tell the other members of their hive where to find the honey. Now scientists have discovered that warms of bees and brains, which are made up of neurons, both make decisions in the same way.
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Beleaguered Bees Practice Self-Defense

We're still losing our bees--to the mysterious plague known as CCD or colony collapse disorder AND to pesticides. We not only need bees to pollinate our crops, we need BATS too (NOTE:...
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Bees Still Dying Too

Living creatures are dying all over the Earth. Honey bees have been dying for a long time now and the populations of four different species of North American bumblebee have declined. A new study found that...
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Bee Death Conspiracy

In 2008, the USDA ordered a report on the impact of massive bee deaths on agriculture and the causes of colony collapse disorder (CCD), but some of the results of this report may have been kept SECRET. On, Kim Kaplan quotes researcher Edward B. Knipling as saying, "...
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Old Bees Have Bad Memories Too

Bees are disappearing due to colony collapse disorder (CCD), but the ones that are still flying are great navigators, able to wend their way home through complex landscapes after visits to flowers far removed from their nests. But bees are...
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Bees Dance for Democracy

Humans aren't the only ones who find themselves entangled in a dancing democracy--it turns out that bees do too--and they do a quantum dance (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). But since 2006, 20 to 40% of US bee colonies have died out. Has the cause of this finally been identified?

When honeybees seek a new home, they...

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Bees: What's the Latest Buzz?

Are they still disappearing? - Scientists thought they had the mystery of the declining number of bees solved, but other researchers don't agree with them: They think Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) can be traced to cell phones. But the bees that are still here are working hard (and NOT just gathering honey) So what's going on,...

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Bees Tricked!

By a femme fatale flower - Some people find orchids erotic, because their shape tends to mimic female sexual organs. Bees find them erotic too, and trick male bees into pollinating them by mimicking the SMELL of female bees. By the time the male has done his job, his body is covered with pollen and he flies away to what he...

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Bees Have Bad Habits Too

Here's something new: Smoking and drinking seem to go together and bees think so too!

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Bee Mystery SOLVED

The mystery of the worrisome decline in the numbers of bees needed to pollinate plants may have been solved: It all comes down to modern farming methods. Modern farmers, especially in the US where the problem is worst, tend to plant a single crop, such as corn. But in order to develop a strong immune system that can ward off the mites that tend...

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Replacement Bees?

Will there be flowers (and food crops) next spring? European Honey bees are dying off, leading farmers to worry about how to pollinate their fields. A replacement for them might be the native American bumble bee. A recent study shows that native bumble bee species have consistently high pollination and seed production levels in red clover. What...

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Something ELSE That May be Killing Bees

Here's another reason why honeybees may be disappearing: the electromagnetic waves given off by cell phone towers may cripple their navigational abilities.

A recent study done in India reveals that a sudden decrease in the bee population in New Delhi is linked to the installation of a series of new cell phone towers there, as phone...

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What Bees See

What attracts them to flowers? Iridescence! - We know what blind people see in their dreams, but what do bees see?why do they zoom in on certain nectar-rich flowers and ignore others? It?s not just the colors they?re attracted to, it's their shimmering iridescence.

In the January 2nd edition of the Independent, John von...

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A Sweet Way to Get Better

Can honey treat a wound? What a sweet idea?if only we can keep our bees alive long enough to use it!

Smeared on a burn, the sticky elixir could reduce the time it takes for the wound to heal up to four days sooner in some cases. Honey?s history as a topical ointment for wounds stretches back into antiquity. An Egyptian surgical text,...

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Bees Teach Us How to Fight Terrorists

?but we are also practicing terrorism AGAINST bees! - How can you find a serial killer before he strikes again? Study the bees! And a single drug manufacturer may be behind bee disappearances here AND in France.

Bees look for nectar away from their hives. In the same way, serial killers avoid committing murder near their...

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Bees Speak Foreign Languages

We know that bees do a quantum dance, and it turns out that they also speak (or at least dance) foreign languages! And most people think before making decisions. As it turns out, so do bees.

Scientists wanted to find out if Asian and European honeybees living in the same hive could translate each other?s dances and discovered that the...

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