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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.

Several species of bee declared endangered in the U.S.

Further troubling news for bees, and with it worrying news for agriculture, with seven new species of bee being declared at risk in the U.S. The bees have been placed on the list of endangered species.

New project to support bee friendly farming

The company Noosa yoghurt has announced a project called Blooms for Bees which is designed to support and help to sustain honeybee populations through improvements to farming.

National Honeybee Day focuses on conservation

National honeybee day is celebrated each in the U.S. This year the day falls on August 20. Due to the decline in bee populations around the world, the focus for 2016 is on bee conservation.

Saving bees: France's thriving city hives offer token help

Lille - Urban rooftops are buzzing across France, but the fad for beekeeping from Montpellier to Lille to Paris -- including atop AFP's headquarters -- will do little do reverse declining bee populations, experts say.

Study: Insecticide cuts bee sperm by nearly 40 percent

A new study revealed that two insecticides, one banned in various European nations but still used in America, can reduce the sperm of honeybees.

Bees spit water at each other to cool down

New York - It's very hot weather so it's natural to seek air conditioning. Bees, it has recently been revealed, have a natural way to keep cool. Some bees have been observed spitting water at each other.

How can the Internet help save the bees?

Wurz - Around the world bee populations are in decline, a result of pesticides, mite infestation and climate change. The Internet could help in the battle to save the bees.

Keep the Hives Alive Tour kicks off

A new campaign, focused on protecting bees in the U.S., has been launched. Called ‘Keep the Hives Alive Tour’, the June 2016 initiative is focused raising awareness about the plight of mass bee die-offs and other pollinators.

Female honeybees ‘doing it’ without males

Cape Town - Researchers have discovered an isolated population of honeybees in South Africa that appear capable to asexual reproduction. To get to the bottom of this, the genomes of the bees have been sequenced and with it the mystery is revealed.

Long-term study of honeybees reveals troubling trends

U.S. researchers have completed a five year study of honeybees and parasitic infections. The results are alarming for the future health of bee populations.
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