Tagged: bees

Common pesticides can harm bees, but the jury is still out on a global ban - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 01, 2017

By Phil Lester, Victoria University of Wellington Some of the world’s most widely used pesticides can be harmful to bees, according to the first large-scale studies aimed at measuring the impact of compounds called neonicotinoids on bees’ health. But the effects vary widely between different compounds and different countries, suggesting that more regional research will be needed … Read More

More evidence on the effects of neonicotinoids on honey bees…maybe? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 30, 2017

Dr David Pattemore, Plant & Food Research Two papers were published today in the prestigious journal Science reporting negative effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees and wild bees in realistic field trials. Neonicotinoids are arguably public enemy number one for bees in the mind of the public, but the actual science behind the headline-grabbing stories is far from conclusive … Read More

Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world’s bees? - Guest Work

Guest Work May 08, 2017

By Simon Klein, Université de Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier and Andrew Barron, Macquarie University Ten years ago, beekeepers in the United States raised the alarm that thousands of their hives were mysteriously empty of bees. What followed was global concern over a new phenomenon: Colony Collapse Disorder. Since then we have realised that it was … Read More

Give bees a chance: the ancient art of beekeeping could save our honey (and us too) - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 11, 2016

Marianne Peso There’s no denying it: we’re in a long-term relationship … with bees. Recent evidence published in the journal Nature shows that humans have been depending on honey bees for about 9,000 years. Researchers conducted chemical analyses of over 6,000 fragments of pottery revealing the presence of beeswax in pots in Neolithic Europe, the Near East, and … Read More

TOSP Episode 15: December 19th 2011 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Dec 19, 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] The last TOSP before Christmas! And, because we’re daring, it _isn’t_ Christmas-themed.  Just to give y’all a break. Instead, Elf and aimee cover the winners of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize(s), how bees reach consensus (warning: headbutting), a very special new crab, Jupiter’s heart-cannibalisation, the [...] … Read More

Sniffer bees - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 26, 2011

Anyone entering New Zealand via the International arrivals terminal at Auckland may well have been welcomed by one of MAF Biosecurity’s sniffer dogs. These lovely animals are specially trained to search baggage, mail and cargo to locate undeclared or forgotten agricultural products. But one day you may be greeted by bees too. Honeybees can be trained to recognise particular … Read More

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