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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.

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.

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.

New pesticide is as harmful to bumblebees as Neonicotinoids

Agricultural pesticides are used to kill the pests that damage or destroy our crops, but at the same time, these pest killers are also killing the very pollinators that make agriculture possible. So it is with Sulfoxaflor, a new pesticide.

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.

UN study says many bees, butterflies, pollinators face extinction

A new study from the United Nations paints a gloomy scenario for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The report says many species of pollinators are facing extinction and the human food supply is at risk as a result.

Climate change is disrupting pollination, world's food supply

Milder winters and earlier spring weather has made many people climate-change converts. But the consequences to spring coming earlier than we are accustomed to has effects most people don't think about.

Mass extinction event wiped out bees as well as dinosaurs

Manchester - Fossil records show dinosaurs suffered mass extinction about 65 million years ago. Scientists have long suspected bees underwent a similar fate but they’ve only now documented a mass extinction event affecting bees.

Report: World bee decline signals ‘sixth major extinction’

Geneva - A new report on honey bee and pollinator decline indicates a “sixth major extinction” of biological diversity is currently underway, caused by habitat loss, pollution, pest invasion, and disease, leading to ecosystem havoc vital to human livelihood.

Study: Bees impacted negatively by climate change

Toronto - A Canadian study has set a new first, linking the decline of honey bees to climate change. The study, which spans 17 years, was conducted in the Rocky Mountains, where flower growth was not influenced by human activity or pesticide and herbicide use.

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