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