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Robotics modelled on bees

In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research group from Graz is investigating the behaviour of young honeybees immediately after hatching and successfully transfers this to robots. The bees' brood-care strategies turn out to be surprisingly efficient.

Robotic bees could take the sting out of Colony Collapse Disorder

GUEST: America’s agricultural sector faces an unprecedented crisis. Native honeybees, one of the most prolific pollinators in the animal kingdom, are dying off at an unprecedented rate from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and threatening an ecosystem service worth about $15 billion. Show More Summary

Honeybees Could Play a Role in Developing New Antibiotics

An antimicrobial compound made by honeybees could become the basis for new antibiotics, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Nectar Flow Is Over, Robbing Is Starting

The nectar flow is over for most of us. I have heard that robbing is happening to some beekeepers. For honeybees, robbing starts with the end of the nectar flow. Robbing from wasps and hornets starts usually around mid to late August. Show More Summary

Bee larvae fed beebread have no chance of becoming queen

Whether a honeybee larva becomes a queen or a worker is down to the food it is given – and the amount of plant RNA in it

Cross-kingdom regulation of honeybee caste development by dietary plant miRNAs

(Nanjing University School of Life Sciences) Honeybee larvae develop into workers but not queens, in part, because their diet of beebread/pollen is enriched in plant miRNAs. While miRNAs are generally negative regulators of gene expression...Show More Summary

Honeybees become workers or queens depending on the plant microRNAs in their diet

Bee larvae develop into workers, in part, because their diet of pollen and honey, called beebread, is rich in plant regulatory molecules called microRNAs, which delay development and keep their ovaries inactive. Xi Chen of Nanjing University in China and colleagues, report these August 31, 2017 in PLOS Genetics.

A honeybee struggles to escape the grip of a fearsome beewolf

When beewolves have mated, the females hunt for honeybees. Once they have been paralysed with a sting, the bees form a living larder for her young

Evolutionary ecology could benefit beekeepers battling diseases

Some commercial beekeeping practices may harm honeybees more than help them, scientists warn in a paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Evolutionary ecology could benefit beekeepers battling diseases

(Emory Health Sciences) A review paper draws on scientific studies to recommend ways to reduce honeybee disease impacts, such as limiting the mixing of bees between colonies and supporting natural bee behaviors that provide disease resistance.

How home security resembles dancing honeybees

The earliest forms of biological communication between single-celled organisms have survived evolution to exist in all species, including humans.

Varroa mites—bees' archenemies—have genetic holes in their armor

Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD.

Varroa mites -- bees' archenemies -- have genetic holes in their armor

(Michigan State University) Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD.Michigan State University scientists have found genetic holes in the pests' armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders. Show More Summary

Snapchat added a new limited-time lens that turns you into Pikachu

Snapchat is known for it's silly face filters that turn users into puppies, rabbits, or honeybees. Starting Monday, Snap is partnering with The Pokémon Company to turn users into a new but familiar character: Pikachu.  For a limited time, a Pikachu filter will be available on Snapchat. Show More Summary

Technology tracks 'bee talk' to help improve honey bee health

(Simon Fraser University) A Simon Fraser University researcher has devised a new bee monitoring system to better understand what more than 20,000 honeybees housed in hives in a local field are 'saying' to each other -- looking for clues about their health.

Paris's urban rooftop hives hope to preserve honeybees

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. The beekeeper then hooks his leg harness to a metal cable anchored to the roof's edge, running the length of the entire structure. Show More Summary

Oh Great, Another Way Humans Are Screwing With Pollinators

Image. Bee Movie On Monday, the USDA brought us some much needed good news, when it reported data suggesting that honeybees might finally be bouncing back from colony collapse disorder. Today, a team of scientists countered with some seriously bummer pollinator news. Show More Summary

Saving the Bees: Honeybee Populations on the Rise After Colony Collapse Disorder

The number of hives lost to colony collapse disorder was down 27 percent from a year earlier.

Crapemyrtle – Will Honeybees Be Affected By Insecticide

Q: Will honeybees be affected if I apply a systemic insecticide to my crapemyrtle to control aphids?  A: Crapemyrtle flowers don’t contain nectar, so the effect on bees is minimal. However, other pollinators visit crapemyrtle flowers to feed on pollen. Native bees and other beneficial insects use the pollen to feed their offspring. Although it […]

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