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Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics

The first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees has been revealed by scientists. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought. Show More Summary

Honeybee genome throws up survival clues: study

3 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Honeybees probably originated in Asia, not Africa, said scientists Sunday who had teased interesting tidbits from the busy little pollinators' genome that they hope can be used to protect it. They sequenced the genomes of 140 honeybees...Show More Summary

Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics

In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought. read more

Varroa and colony collapse disorder: Of bees, mites, and viruses

Honeybee colonies are dying at alarming rates in a few regions, though numbers overall are up. A variety of factors have been proposed to explain the latest round of colony collapse disorder, but the exact cause—and how bees can be saved—remains unclear. Show More Summary

Drought is a Buzz Kill for California Honeybees

Honey bees have become the latest victim in the three-year drought in California, where more than 80 percent of the state is suffering from "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. According to Gene Brandi, vice president of the AmericanShow More Summary

Will California's Drought Cause a Honey Shortage?

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

California's punishing drought, which has been claiming victims both above ground and below, has set its sights on a new kind of prey: Our honeybees. Read more...

California’s Drought Is Making Life Harder For Honeybees

Honeybees in California -- a state that's one of the largest in terms of honey production -- don't have as much to forage on as they usually do. The post California’s Drought Is Making Life Harder For Honeybees appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Of bees, mites, and viruses: Virus infections after arrival of new parasitic mite in New Zealand honeybee colonies

Honeybee colonies are dying at alarming rates worldwide. A variety of factors have been proposed to explain their decline, but the exact cause -- and how bees can be saved -- remains unclear. A new article examines the viral landscape in honeybee colonies in New Zealand after the recent arrival of the parasitic Varroa destructor mite.

California drought stings bees, honey production

Record drought is depriving honeybees of nectar and driving up the cost of honey

Record drought saps California honey production

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

Fighting Cancer With Scorpion And Honeybee Venom

Scorpion venom may not sound like an obvious choice for a cancer drug, since stings from these animals can kill. But researchers have created nanoparticles embedded with proteins from this venom that killed two types of breast cancer in the lab, without harming human blood or other bodily cells. It was already known that this [...]

Worker bees 'know' when to invest in their reproductive future

When a colony of honeybees grows to about 4,000 members, it triggers an important first stage in its reproductive cycle: the building of a special type of comb used for rearing male reproductive, called drones. A team of experts from...Show More Summary

Stinging tumors with scorpion and honeybee venom

Venom from scorpions has been found to be effective in fighting cancerous tumors. Photo by Wikimedia user JAdams1776 When honeybees and scorpions sting, it is usually an act of defense — a painful one at that, thanks to the venom injected through the stingers. Show More Summary

VegiBee – What’s the Buzz About?

    I’m sure many of you have heard about the mysterious mass die-off of honey bee colonies that pollinate around $30 billion worth of crops here in the US alone. It has so decimated America’s Honeybee population that scientists tell us that one more bad winter and the effect on our fields would be devastating. Show More Summary

How Bee Venom Might Fight Cancer

Locked within the honeybee’s painful sting is a toxin that could fight cancer, CNN reports. Though in its early stages, research shows that venom from bees, snakes, and scorpions can stop the growth of cancer cells. University of Illinois scientist Dipanjan Pan has taken the research one step further by...

These Amazing Honeycomb Sculptures Are Made by Bees!

We all know honeybees are essential to our food system and tireless workers, but who would have thought they could be artists too? Bejing-based artist Ren Ri collaborates with these fascinating insects to create stunning sculptures that incorporate the element

Who Grows Our Food: Wild Blueberries, Honeybees And Wyman's Of Maine

Who Grows Our Food is an occasional Meatless Monday series taking a close look at some of the people, so often unsung, who give us the food on our plates. "Sustainability isn't a thing, it's a way of thinking," says Ed Flanagan. "When you're a company, you have to adopt it as a mission. Show More Summary

Artists Take On The Bee In Summer's Most Buzzworthy Exhibit, "Beetopia"

Europe's 25 top illustrators create art to help save the honeybee. Bees are vital to human well-being. Honeybees, for example, pollinate a third of the produce consumed in Europe. But at a time when the world's bee population is declining, it's more important than ever to support beekeeping communities. Read Full Story

Fipronil, imidacloprid reduce honeybee mitochondrial activity

Scientists are urgently trying to determine the causes of colony collapse disorder and the alarming population declines of honeybees. The effects of fipronil and imidacloprid on honeybees has been addressed by a new study. While damage...Show More Summary

Fipronil and imidacloprid reduce honeybee mitochondrial activity

PENSACOLA, Fla. — New research published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry addresses the effects of two broad-spectrum systemic insecticides, fipornil and imidacloprid, on honeybees. These insecticides are widely used in agriculture,...Show More Summary

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