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U.K. government lifts ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

London - Despite restrictions throughout Europe, and parts of Canada, the U.K. Conservative government has lifted the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in certain parts of the country. This has raised concerns about the plight of bees.

Lessons from bee-killing parasites

Around the world bees are at risk from pesticides, environmental conditions and parasite infestations. New research into bee mites suggests we can learn a lot about parasites in general and find ways to protect bee colonies.

City in Norway building highway for bees

Oslo - Oslo, the capital of Norway, is in the process of creating what is known as a "bee highway," which will provide them with a safe route through the city.

Mites, not pesticides, killing the bees?

A Mississippi State University Extension Service apiculture specialist has challenged the assumption that the indiscriminate use of pesticides is responsible for the decline in bee populations. This theory is mites.

The three most interesting animal facts of the week

We're continually finding out new things about the animal world. This week three fascinating facts emerged about the animal kingdom, pertaining to bees, kangaroos and baboons. Digital Journal finds out more.

Ontario backs restriction on bee-killing pesticides

Toronto - Ontario has issued a new regulation aimed at reducing the use of seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. This type of nicotine-formulated pesticides is connected with the decline of bees.

Car full of bees leads to driver being cited

A car full of bees led to a man getting pulled over and ticketed in Montana. The bees obscured the view from the windshield.

New campaign to save bees from pesticides

In 2013 neonicotinoid pesticides were temporarily banned in Europe due to a 'high acute risk' to honey bees. An environmental organization wishes the matter to be extended to a complete ban.

From egg to adult, watch this amazing video of a bee's birth

Digital arts photographer Anand Varma has put together an impressive time-lapse video charting the change from an egg to an adult bee. The video is proving to be a hit on YouTube.

White House gets busy to save the bees

Washington - The White House unveiled Tuesday a plan to reverse an alarming decline in the populations of bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in agriculture and the environment.

Canadian company steps in to save the bees

Toronto - The arrival of spring and the drift into summer brings with it a rise in pollen, which can cause problems for those prone to hay fever. A company that specializes in allergy remedies has pledged to help protect Canadian bees.

Genetic variety of the bumblebee mapped for first time

New research has examined the genome of two different species of bumblebee. The bees play an important role in pollination and are commercially important. The study reveals insights into the ecology of the bee.

Bees are drawn to pesticides, triggering risk of death

A study shows bees prefer food laced with pesticides. Further research adds to the evidence that such chemicals are harmful to some pollinators.

Pesticide use in Europe is harming the bees

Brussels - Some European governments have claimed that neonicotinoid pesticides are not harming bees or other wildlife. This has been challenged by Europe's 29 academies of sciences who are arguing just the opposite.

1 in 10 bees face extinction, new warning announced

Ten percent of Europe's wild bees face extinction, a new assessment called "European Red List" indicates. Furthermore, several species could be lost altogether.

Bumblebees at higher risk from infectious diseases

London - A range or viruses, previously thought only to infect honeybees, appear to pose a new risk to bumblebees. New research highlights the risk to these important pollinators of agricultural crops and wild flowers.

Exploring the memory patterns of bees

London - In a new study, researchers have demonstrated the occurrence of false memories in bumblebees. This is a pattern that seems to occur in other bees as well.

New discovery could help protect the bees

Etymologists have made a new discovery to combat a disease that has been savagely killing global honeybee populations. The scientists took a toxin released by the pathogen that causes American foulbrood disease and developed an inhibitor against it.

Sweet new hair loss treatment

Hokkaido - Propolis, a natural product used by honeybees to repair their hives, stimulates hair growth in shaved mice. This is the first step towards creating a remedy for follically challenged people.

Protecting honeybees through stress management

Global honeybee populations are in decline and under assault from a range of factors, including pollution, chemicals and parasites. Researchers argue that limiting stress can help bee populations more strongly resist these threats.

Rising temperatures signal problems for honeybees

A bee parasite, normally associated with more exotic climates is threatening British bees. A new research model indicates that a rare gut parasite could cause increasing damage to U.K. bees as the climate warms.

Diet changes help bees resist pesticides

Pesticides pose a risk to bees and the loss of bees impacts of framing through a reduction in pollination. Researchers have found that the diet of the bee affects resistance, and this could help protect bee populations.

Bee Lawns: The little change which could save a species Special

A new trend in ‘bee lawns’ has seen lawn maintenance flipped on its head in a bid to preserve the population of the struggling insect.

Hundreds of thousands of bees kill man in Arizona

A gardener from Arizona lost his life after around 800,000 killer bees attacked him. The bees got worked up in a frenzy because of his lawnmower.

Bees used in disease control

A novel method to use bees to deliver disease control to cherry blossom, preventing brown rot in cherries, has been developed by scientists. Brown rot is caused by a fungus that leads to yield loss and fruit spoilage.

Bee bacteria make for antibiotic alternatives

Lund - A new study has shown that certain types of bacteria extracted from the stomachs of honeybees could be promising targets as antibiotics against pathogenic bacteria like MRSA.

Venom may act as a cancer-fighting drug

A new study suggests that bee, snake, or scorpion venom could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs.

Bees attack in Russian marijuana sting operation (Video)

Kostroma - Police in Russia ran up against a problem when they tried to clear an illegal marijuana plantation, close to the city of Kostroma. As they were attempting to remove all the plants, a swarm of angry bees attacked them.

Man dies in car crash after 50,000 bees hinder rescue attempt

Saginaw - Bees contributed to a complicated incident involving a St. Charles man, a hive and rescuers attempting to get him out of the car.

Fighting honeybee pathogens

A new biological treatment for bacterial and fungal pathogens that are killing honeybees and bats in record numbers is being examined. The treatment is, surprisingly, a bacterium.
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A stream ran along one side of this street near its end  with a small bridge culvert underneath wher...
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
University of New Hampshre researchers discovered a mass extinction of bees took place at the same t...
University of New Hampshre researchers discovered a mass extinction of bees took place at the same time as dinosaurs became extinct. Pictured - a small carpenter bee.
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How much do you like your coffee? Coffee trees depend on bees for pollination. Shown here is Coffea arabica blooms.
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Pollen is a bad news for allergy sufferers
Pollen is a bad news for allergy sufferers
Throughout the afternoon several different types of bees could be spotted. Here are two of them stea...
Throughout the afternoon several different types of bees could be spotted. Here are two of them steadily at work.
The man in white is celebrity bee-keeper Bill Turnbull; here he is not engaged in his hobby but in s...
The man in white is celebrity bee-keeper Bill Turnbull; here he is not engaged in his hobby but in some serious research for a BBC "Horizon" programme.
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Throughout the afternoon several different types of bees could be spotted in the various gardens. He...
Throughout the afternoon several different types of bees could be spotted in the various gardens. Here are two of them steadily at work in the main garden near Mount Vernon's greenhouse.
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Worker buff-tailed bumblebee
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