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Decline in wild bees has impact on global food security

Crop yields for key crops like apples, cherries and blueberries are down across the U.S. because of a lack of bees in agricultural areas, according to a recent study. This could have serious implications for global food security.

Unsung heroes? How hoverflies play key pollination role

Apo - That bee you see buzzing from flower to flower might actually be an undercover operator: a hoverfly. And a team of scientists wants you to stop taking them for granted.

Genetically modified bacteria used to protect pollinators

Biologists have proposed a new strategy designed to protect honeybees from colony collapse disorder. This is based on deploying genetically engineered strains of bacteria, with the aim of altering the microbiome of the bee.

Aldi supermarkets announce bee protection plan

Another food retailer has announced a plan to minimize its use of pesticides in a bid to help protect pollinators, at least in the U.S. Aldi is to ‘encourage’ its food suppliers to phase out the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Probiotics can protect pollinators from colony collapse disorder

Research into honeybees shows that the use of probiotics can be part of a solution to address the issue of colony collapse disorder and hence to protect pollinators, which are vital for agriculture.

Buzz kill: mass bee deaths sting Russian beekeepers

Moscow - Anatoly Rubtsov looked despondently at the beehives lining his property. "The farm used to be loud, it sang," he said.

U.S. beekeepers have lost over 40 percent of colonies

U.S. beekeepers have lost over 40 percent of colonies following the highest winter losses ever recorded. These figures add further to the decline in bee populations and the economic significance of a loss of pollinators for agriculture.

McHive — The world's smallest McDonald's creates quite a buzz

The world’s smallest McDonald’s franchise has opened its doors in Sweden, and it’s the bee’s knees—literally. While the familiar Golden Arches, the drive-thru window and entrance are recreated in detail, McHives' customers are honeybees.

Bee-wildering! Hives of Notre-Dame in miraculous survival

Paris - Some 200,000 bees inhabiting hives in Notre-Dame cathedral survived the inferno that engulfed the heritage landmark in a miraculous escape, their beekeeper said Thursday."The bees are alive.

German state to turn 'save the bees' petition into law

Munich - Germany's Bavaria state said Wednesday it will pass into law a popular "save the bees" petition that promises drastic changes in farming practises.

Can probiotics help stop honeybee colony collapse? Special

SeedLabs is focused on solving ecological problems, like honeybee colony collapse. The company has developed a BioPatty,TM a blend of probiotics for honeybees, that has demonstrated success in prevention and treatment of a fatal bacterial disease.

Interview: Israeli startup helps US farmers boost crop yields Special

A new startup out of Israel that has come to the U.S. and is starting to help American farmers improve crop yields by deploying new technology that maximizes bee pollination. Omer Davidi, co-founder and CEO of BeeHero explains.

Bolivian bees under threat from coca pesticides

Caranavi - High up in the Bolivian cloud forest, a woman tends to her bees, smoker in hand, working from hive to hive under a canopy of leaves to delicately gather panels of honeycomb. It's a bucolic scene that experts say won't last, for the bees are dying.

Micro sensor package can ride aboard bees

Washington - Assessing the state of agricultural environments can be assessed using drones, which provide the big picture. What about more sensitive evaluations? The answer is to fit sensors to bees. The technology is a "living IoT".

Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off 'insect apocalypse'

Helsinki - Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis.

Ontario Beekeepers’ Association say ban neonic pesticides

Fourteen conservation and environmental groups have called on the Canadian government to end the use of neonicotinoid insecticides immediately. This follows Ottawa concluding consultations on the latest neonic risk assessments.

Robotic insects could pollinate plants should bees collapse

Bees, which perform the vital pollination role required for framing, are in decline. In case of an event that wipes out most bees from the planet, scientists are developing robotic pollinators.

France's ban on bee-killing pesticides begins Saturday

Paris - A ban on five neonicotinoid pesticides enters into force in France on Saturday, placing the country at the forefront of a campaign against chemicals blamed for decimating critical populations of crop-pollinating bees.

Canada will phase out bee-killing neonic pesticides

Toronto - In keeping with several other countries, except the U.S.., three of the most commonly used bee-killing neonics will shortly be declared officially illegal in Canada.

EU court upholds curbs on bee-killing pesticide

Luxembourg - A top European Union court on Thursday upheld the ban on three insecticides blamed for killing off bee populations, dismissing cases brought by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta.

EU to ban bee-killing pesticides

Apo - The EU on Friday backed an almost total ban on insecticides blamed for killing off bee populations, in a move hailed by environmentalists as a "beacon of hope".

EU to ban bee-killing pesticides

Apo - European Union countries voted on Friday in favour of a near-total ban on neonicotinoid insecticides which are blamed for an alarming collapse in bee populations.

The 'blue halo' effect: How some flowers seduce bees

Paris - Hundreds of flower species have evolved the ability to project ethereal halos of blue light invisible to humans in order to lure pollinating bees, researchers revealed Wednesday.

By attacking queen bumblebee, pesticide threatens colony: study

Paris - A common pesticide used on crops compromises a queen bumblebee's ability to lay eggs, threatening her colony with extinction, according to a study released Monday.

Paris's urban rooftop hives hope to preserve honeybees

Paris - To check the beehives he has set up on the roof of the sprawling Monnaie de Paris on the banks of the River Seine, Audric de Campeau slips on a harness over tan-coloured trousers.

Walmart and True Value to phase out bee-killing pesticides

Environmental groups have reacted positively to the news that Walmart and True Value have decided to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides, linked to global bee declines, from company garden retail supply chains.

Costco calls for end to bee-killing pesticides

The retail corporation Costco has requested that its suppliers end the use of bee-killing pesticides on garden plants sold in its stores. This is part of a Friends of the Earth initiative.

New viral threat to bees discovered

A newly discovered virus called Moku poses a threat to bee colonies. The virus is spread by an invasive species of wasp and the potential is for the virus to threaten bee colonies worldwide.

1.4 bn jobs 'depend on pollinators'

Paris - About 1.4 billion jobs and three-quarters of all crops depend on pollinators, researchers said Monday warning of a dire threat to human welfare if the falls in bee and butterfly numbers are not halted.

Deformed wing virus: Major risk to bee colony collapse

Bee populations are in decline globally. There are several reasons: pesticides, habitat loss, mite infestation and viruses. New research has focused on a pathogen called deformed wing virus, and offers some hope.
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A stream ran along one side of this street near its end, with a small bridge culvert underneath where children caught water skippers and found bees along the grass in La Grande, Oregon
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Bees on a flower, taken near St Albans, UK.
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