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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.

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.

What honeybees can tell us about Alzheimer’s

Linking honeybees to Alzheimer’s disease sounds, first off, like a leap too far. However, scientists have how understanding memory in honeybees could help to combat degenerative brain diseases.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Global ban on Neonics needed to save pollinators and the Earth

Neonicotinoids (NNIs) are one of the most widely used insecticides in the world today. They are the perfect systemic pesticide. So perfect, in fact the European Environmental Agency says scientific data on its adverse effects may have been suppressed.

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.

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.

High-speed capture of honeybees on the move (Video)

Honeybees are an essential part of the world's ecosystem and are constantly being threatened. A videographer decided to capture honeybees in what seems to us to be slow-motion but is actually high-speed photography, to show how important they are to us.

Slowdown in the rate of honeybee deaths

A new study shows fewer honeybees died over the winter than during the same season the preceding year. The rate of honeybees deaths has been an issue of ecological concern over the past few years.

Kitchener, Ont. family shocked at sharing home with 50,000 bees

Kitchener - A family in Kitchener, Ont., Canada had absolutely no idea what was sharing their home, until one family member was stung by a bee. Turns out there were thousands of honeybees living in their walls.

New suspect for the decline of honeybees

A virus that causes blight in plants may contribute to the catastrophic decline of honeybee colonies. This could be one of the main reasons why bee populations are in decline around the world.

Fight against honeybee infections

Scientists have modeled an outbreak of the bee infection American foulbrood , using a technique which could be applied to other honeybee diseases.Tthe method also allows scientists to simulate disease control strategies in order to measure their efficacy.

Why everyone should worry about decline of honeybees

Researchers have been concerned about why honeybees are dying. To date no one knows why there are fewer colonies. Scientists say unless we find out what’s happening we might all have fewer fruits and vegetables that we know are so important for health.

Common agricultural chemicals kill honeybees

Commercial honey bees used to pollinate crops are exposed to a wide variety of agricultural chemicals. These chemicals have been shown to impair the bees' ability to fight off a potentially lethal parasite.

Infected bees leave the hive altruistically

Scientists have established that sick and infected bees leave their hives voluntarily, as an act of altruism, rather than being driven out by the healthy bee population.

British honeybees under threat from imported bumblebees

Imported bumblebees into the U.K. are spreading diseases that are affecting native bumblebees and honeybees, according to a new study.

Photo Essay: January in Coastal Georgia Special

Much of the United States is experiencing snow and icy roads that come with the winter season, but this time of the year is much different in sub-tropical areas where Camellia trees are blooming and ice only comes in the form of ice cream.
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Did you know that one-third of all food is produced as a result of insect pollination? And the Europ...
Did you know that one-third of all food is produced as a result of insect pollination? And the European honeybee is responsible for about 80 percent of this.
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McDonald s in Sweden has created what it calls  the world s smallest McDonald s.  But there s a twis...
McDonald's in Sweden has created what it calls "the world's smallest McDonald's." But there's a twist, would you bee-lieve it – it's not a McDonald's. It's a beehive.
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Beekeepers inspect their colonies in a California almond orchard as part of a mass pollination event...
Beekeepers inspect their colonies in a California almond orchard as part of a mass pollination event.
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A hive of unknown variety of bees or wasps.
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Honeybees, which are very important to agriculture, continue to disappear at alarming rates in the United States. (screen grab)
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California High Desert Honey Bees Immersed in Yellow beavertail Cactus Pollen.
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