Pollinators in the Press

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Articles about NSERC-CANPOLIN researchers and the Network, as well as pollinators and pollination, that appear in the news will be posted here! Click on the title of the news item to find out more. The stories will open in a new tab or window depending on your specific browser and settings.

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  • CANPOLIN 2010
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Peter Kevan: "Using Pollination Research", The Grower, April 2010 (PDF)

Ernesto Guzman: "Prof Solves Bee Loss Mystery," University of Guelph News, March 3, 2010 (link)

Ernesto Guzman: "Finally, a suspect in bee decline", The Toronto Star, January 24, 2010. (link)

CANPOLIN: Some researchers from the Network appeared on CBC's The Nature of Things, January 7th, 2010. (link)

CANPOLIN Peter Kevan: Guelph Portico Magazine, "Kevan gets Royal Society honours, heads national research network" January 2010 (PDF)

CANPOLIN UofG: At the University of Guelph, experts in bees and numbers are working together on studies of hive design, pollination webs and disease transmission, December 9, 2009. (link)

CANPOLIN Steve Pernal and Rob Currie: Buzzkill: Dire Outlook for Honeybees and the Consumers Who Depend on Them, AOL Environment News, November 20, 2009. (link)

CANPOLIN: New Research Network to Shed Light on Pollinator Decline, Hive Lights November, 2009. (PDF)

CANPOLIN: Bees play big role in food, article courtesy The Western Producer, October 8, 2009 (PDF)

Jeremy Kerr: Science puts malaria fight on the map, The Star, September 13, 2009 (link)

CANPOLIN: Where have all the bees gone? Septemeber 2009 The New Internationalist Magazine Issue 425. (link)

CANPOLIN: Official NSERC announcement of the Network. (link)

CANPOLIN: U of G Hub for Two $5-Million Research Networks. (link)(At Guelph article: PDF)

Peter Kevan: one of two University of Guelph professors who have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, considered Canada's senior academic honour. (link)(At Guelph article: PDF)

CANPOLIN: June 2009 New Research Network to Shed Light on Pollinator Decline, Entomological Society of Canada Bulletin, Volume 41 (2): 93-94. (PDF)

Laurence Packer and Gaham Forbes: We can't live without life support, The Daily Gleaner, June 30, 2009. (link)

Laurence Packer: Why biodiversity matters, Telegraph-Journal, June 20, 2009. (link)

Cory Sheffield: CBC Radio Maritime Noon with Costas Halavrezos, June 12, 2009.

Peter Kevan: CBC Radio Maritime Noon with Laura Chapin, June 13, 2009.

Elizabeth Elle: Bees' disappearance has biologists buzzing, interview with CTV British Columbia, May 16, 2009. (link)

Laurence Packer: Our bumblebees on the brink, NOW magazine. (link)

Peter Kevan conducted an interview with RCI Radio's The Link - the interview is at 26 minutes in part 2 from March 31st (be sure to select the second part of the program at the top of the page, 2009-03-31).

Laurence Packer and York University: Rogers, Theresa. "The Bee Keeper." Lab Business Spring 2009: 18-22. (link)

Peter Kevan: Savage, C. December, 2008. The Plight of the Bumblebee. Canadian Geographic. (PDF)



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Enjoy "National Pollinator Week" at Missouri Botanical Garden

April 29, 2010
Zoo and Aquarium Vistor
St. Louis, MO - The Missouri Botanical Garden wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for pollinators. To pay much-deserved tribute to the birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators of the planet, the Garden is encouraging individuals to celebrate, connect with, care about and conserve these special creatures. In honor of the fourth annual National Pollinator Week, June 21 through 27, the Garden, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Shaw Nature Reserve and EarthWays Center are dedicating the entire month of June to celebrating Picture-Perfect Pollinators. Submit your pollinator photos in a community photo montage, take a beekeeping class, join drop-in programs or visit any of the Garden’s attractions to learn about and celebrate pollinators in action.


What’s Behind the Honeybee Decline? Perhaps Not What You’ve Heard

April 28, 2010
Freakonomics - NY Times
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is widely recognized as the founding document of the environmentalist movement. Less widely recognized, but equally important, is why. For 40 years before the book was published in 1962, scientists concerned about toxic contamination had been trying to draw a solid link between pesticides and public health. The link eluded them. What these scientists were routinely unable to do—either for lack of evidence or literary eloquence—Carson eventually did. Meticulously, and with narrative grace, she connected the dots between pesticides and a host of health problems (bearing on all forms of life), thereby sparking an intense political response that continues to this day.


Elephants Have Word for 'Bee-Ware'

April 28, 2010
Science Daily
For the first time elephants have been found to produce an alarm call associated with the threat of bees, and have been shown to retreat when a recording of the call is played even when there are no bees around.


Residents can help our bee populations

April 23, 2010
The Times Colonist
The Blue Orchard mason bee is native to our area and is the best, most efficient pollinator in our spring gardens. Gardeners and residents should consider the management of these bees by taking a few simple steps.


The Birds And The Bees Thrown Off By Early Spring

April 22, 2010
Scientists who study the world's climate have predicted that global warming could cause spring to start earlier. And that appears to be what's happening, at least in some places... "A bee that's coming along and gathering pollen from plants might end up where there is no pollen available," says Weltzin. "Because some plants might have shifted earlier, and others might not have shifted at all."


Breeding orchid species creates a new perfume

April 22, 2010
Science Centric
Some orchids mimic the scent of a female insect in order to attract males for pollination. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology found that breeding two of these orchid species to generate a novel hybrid resulted in a new scent. This new odour had no effect on normal solitary bees from the area but was highly attractive to another species of wild bee that never visited any of the parent orchid species.


West Carleton couple still worry about government lawn mower

April 22, 2010
Your Ottawa Region
Almost one year ago Hank and Vera Jones’s wild ride to protect their pollinator garden from the city’s bylaw office began.


High-fives for beehives

April 21, 2010
C and G News
Every flower, garden and tree on your street could benefit from one honeybee hive. And one honeybee hive could benefit from every flower, garden and tree on your street. People who build and maintain hives in their yards help stem a staggering global decline of pollinators.


The plight of the honeybee

April 18, 2010
The Vancouver Sun
It appears the honeybee population on Vancouver Island is all but wiped out. Nothing like this has ever happened before. At the close of summer last year, there were 9,000 to 12,000 active hives on the Island. Normally several thousand bees and larvae would live through the winter in each hive.


USU biologists discover two new species of bees

April 16, 2010
USU Statesman
“Finding new species is an exciting diversion. It makes you feel like a child again,” said David Tanner, a biologist from USU. Recently, two new bee species were discovered in the Ash Meadows National Refuge in Nevada. The discovery came about when James Pitts, an assistant professor at USU, and Tanner were approached two years ago by Bio West, a biological consulting firm, to be the pollinator experts for a project. Bio West was contacted by Ash Meadows because the refuge wanted to restore the area.


BCPC joins others in taking the sting out of the Buglife report

April 14, 2010
Farming UK
BCPC has joined with others in the crop protection industry, in writing to the Secretary of State The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP to oppose the ban on neonicotinicide seed treatments. In September 2009, the environmental organisation Buglife issued a report calling for a ban on the outdoor use of a number of seed treatments but the industry believes the report is flawed in a number of respects.


Dinosaur-era plants learned the value of scent and sensibility

April 13, 2010
The Washington Post
When a love-struck suitor, with outstretched hand, offers a red red rose to the object of his heart's desire, he need not utter a word. Sure, a Shakespearean-caliber sonnet and a good pickup line might help, but the flower conveys the message, first with a blast of color sprinting eyeward at the speed of light and then, a moment later, with a more sluggish plume of fragrance.


Resource Conservation District hosts annual fundraising dinner

April 12, 2010
The Daily Democrat
The community is invited to attend the Yolo County Resource Conservation District's Annual Dinner, a celebration of continued partnerships with local landowners, and their stewardship efforts which have benefited farmland, wildlife habitat, and water resources throughout the county.


New Law Puts Bee-Friendly Flowers on Mountaintop Mines

April 12, 2010
Slash Food
Supporters says a new Kentucky law requiring mining companies to include native flowering plants in their mountaintop reclamation programs should prop up honeybee populations across the state, helping to preserve Appalachia's distinctive culinary traditions.


Beekeepers explain their enthusiasm for their hobby

April 11, 2010
Go Upstate
Raymond Crocker seemed to barely notice the honeybee crawling along his right ear. The Spartanburg beekeeper sat a couple of feet from a swarm of honeybees. He later estimates about 12,500 were in the swarm. The insects clung to a branch and each other, creating a buzzing, writhing column.


Officer to protect rare flowers in Cairngorms

Arpil 10, 2010
BBC News
An officer has been appointed to a project aimed at giving greater protection to the Cairngorms National Park's rarest plants. Andy Scobie will help lead the three-year project, which has secured £155,000 in funding.


Dodged One Bullet

April 10, 2010
View From a New Vrindaban Ridge
We had 7 days of mid 80 degree (29-30 C) weather, at least 3 of which set new record highs for the date. While this made for comfortable weather for humans, it has brought on an onslaught of spring, like watching it in Fast Forward. Things have been coming on too quickly, IMHO.


Mysterious disorder decimating bee colonies

April 10, 2010
Becks County Reading Eagle
Winter was not kind to Hermann A. Danenhower's bees. The Greenwich Township beekeeper lost about 70 percent of his bees over the winter, forcing him to rebuild his hives this year. Danenhower does not know what caused the die-off. But he suspects a wet summer weakened his bees and the tough winter did them in.


These practices may help alleviate loss of honeybees

April 10, 2010
Pittsburg Post Gazette
Honeybee colonies throughout the United States and Europe are being impacted by a phenomenon now called colony collapse disorder (CCD). Beekeepers began reporting abnormally high losses in the winter of 2006. Researchers from Penn State's Entomology Department have been studying the problem ever since. CCD is characterized by the mysterious absence of adult bees in or around hives, living or dead.


Bring bees, birds, butterflies--and bats--into your garden

April 8, 2010
9 News
Every species of animal life needs a suitable habitat. By providing food and shelter, you can invite beneficial creatures to dwell in your garden. They'll perform essential duties, such as pollinating crops and eating insects. In addition, you'll enjoy their beauty and song.


University of Minnesota study will examine how North Dakota landscapes affect health of U.S. bees

April 7, 2010
University of Minnesota News
A new study led by a University of Minnesota investigator is aimed at discovering how changing land use in North Dakota's prairie pothole region affects the health of bees and their ability to pollinate crops nationwide.


Local environmental project attracts buzz

April 7, 2010
Seattle University Spectator
An influx of pollinators might soon be buzzing into the Central District. Community organizers have begun to recruit homeowners to participate in the Pollinator Pathway, a plan to replace grass from sidewalk strips in front of homes with native plants from Washington in hopes of attracting more wild pollinators to the area.


As honeybee colonies collapse, can native bees handle pollination?

April 7, 2010
University of Wisconsin-Madison
With colony collapse disorder continuing to plague commercial beekeepers in many parts of the country, University of Wisconsin–Madison experts are studying whether native pollinators can supply the insect pollination needed to form many fruits.


Pollination Makes The World Go Around

April 7, 2010
Gardener's Tips
Without pollination there would be no new seed, no new crops for animals and no food in our supermarkets. (No supermarkets may be good news for several reasons but I will put up with them to keep being fed).


Understanding the role of insects in gardening

April 7, 2010
My Home Lawn
While many types of insects, birds and animals seen in the home are unwanted intruders, others play a vital role in pollinating plants and moving seeds from one place to another. In fact, without these animal and insect helpers, most plants would be unable to reproduce.


Bees With an Impaired Insulin Partner Gene Prefer Proteins Over Carbs

April 6, 2010
Science Daily
A new study of food-choice behavior in honey bees, published April 1 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics, has identified a gene involved in bees' decisions to bring protein or nectar back to the colony. By taking control of the Insulin Receptor Substrate gene (IRS), an insulin partner gene in the bees' fat cells, researchers at Arizona State University and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences made the insects forego carbohydrates (sugar-containing nectar) and favor protein (pollen).


Buzz dying down

April 5, 2010
Coshocton Tribune
After suffering a significant loss, Richard Mullet has to start from square one. "I was hoping to be at the local farmers' market; I should be able to get through this year, but question if I'll be able to next year," he said. The Coshocton beekeeper who heads up the Coshocton County Beekeepers Association, lost about 90 percent of his honeybees -- starting out with 30 hives going into winter, and only having two left this spring.


Homeowners encouraged to think about bees

April 4, 2010
Tribune Democrat
The quantity and quality of honey bees is prompting a growing trend to involve homeowners in seeing that these insects, vital to much of the U.S. food source, thrive. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension, in partnership with Haagen-Dazs, has launched a program to encourage home gardners to think about the honey bees when they plant annuals, perennials and shrubs.


Carpenter bees are here at last

April 4, 2010
Aiken Standard
After the coldest and most prolonged Southern winter in recent memory, I enjoy getting questions about courting animals and flowering plants. I have answered the following question many times about a frequent visitor to decks and other wooden structures at this time of year.


To bee or not to bee? Weather, diseases take toll on bees and beekeepers

April 3, 2010
Kalamazoo News
Since a mysterious ailment wiped out three-quarters of his bee hives in fall 2005, Scott Barnes has waited for scientists to find out why it happened. He’s not alone. Beekeepers around the world have been hit by massive bee die-offs, called Colony Collapse Disorder.


Insecticides aren't what's killing our honeybees

April 3, 2010
Montreal Gazette
It's obvious that Roderick Taylor is not a beekeeper. It is true that insecticides can and do kill bees, and might well disorient them as he suggests. But as a retired hobby beekeeper, and a continuing member of the Champlain Valley Beekeepers Association, I know by experience that if one does not control the varroa mites as Tom Spears indicates ("The lowly honeybee deserves a lot more attention," Opinion, March 22) , one does not keep bees.


Providing for your pollinators

April 1, 2010
The Lindsay Post
Pollinators, including birds, bees and other insects, have a major influence on the success of your garden around home and of larger agricultural production. In fact, they may well have had an impact on most of the food you have eaten today. On a sunny day, you can see a variety of insects fluttering around your flowers as they carry pollen from one plant to another, eventually leaving a trail of fertile fruit for you to enjoy.



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