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CANPOLIN: Some researchers from the Network will be appearing on The Nature of Things, airing January 7th, 2010 at 8pm on CBC (link)

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)

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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Canadian Gardening Special Issue Annual 2009

Go Wild: native plants (PDF)
Monarchs of the Garden: attracting butterflies (PDF)
The Latest Buzz: attracting honeybees, bumblebees and other pollinators (PDF)


Sow seeds of summer

December 31, 2009
The Oxford Times
The bad news is that most of you are feeling half a stone heavier and a lot poorer. The good news is that the days are getting longer, leaving you enough time to browse through seed catalogues. So propel yourself into next summer and pick out some hardy annuals...
Annuals have flowers designed to attract a pollinator – whether it’s a bee, hoverfly, wasp, moth or flea beetle. As a result, most produce a lot of nectar so if you grow annuals you will pull in pollinators. This was really noticeable last year on the trial field at RHS Wisley. The annual trial was alive with insect life and you could actually hear the buzzing.


Honey harvest omens good

December 31, 2009
Wairarapa Time-Age
Bush beekeepers could be in for a good harvest if the extensive flowering of manuka and kanuka throughout the Wairarapa district is any yardstick. Despite a long, harsh winter and a spring season virtually bereft of sunlight the two closely related bush species that produce some of the world's best honey are now ablaze with flower. The hillsides and gullies of North Wairarapa and, in particular, the foothills of the Tararua Range are loaded with flowering manuka, as Leptospermum scoparium is commonly called and the sister tree Kunzea ericoides - usually called kanuka - is just as prolific.


British Bee Decline Linked to Intensive Farming Methods

December 28, 2009
The Botswana Gazette
Not leaving outcropped land for Bees will be disastrous for farming experts warn Scientists from across the UK have used DNA profiles of worker bees to count the declining number of bumblebee nests on farmland. Their report, published in Insect Conservation and Diversity, warns that unless farmers scale back intensification methods and leave uncropped land for these nests the results on agriculture could be severe.


To bee or not to bee?

December 27, 2009
New York Post
When Dave Hackenberg jerked the lids off his hives one bright November morning in Florida in 2006 and found them empty, the stunned commercial beekeeper never thought that four years later his bees and millions more across the United State would still be mysteriously missing. Yet the man credited with discovering colony collapse disorder, a strange phenomenon in which workers bees suddenly desert the hive — that has wiped out more than a third of all honeybees in the US — says this winter could be the worst yet.


Acacia plant controls ants with chemical

December 27, 2009
BBC News
In Africa and in the tropics, armies of tiny creatures make the twisting stems of acacia plants their homes. Aggressive, stinging ants feed on the sugary nectar the plant provides and live in nests protected by its thick bark. This is the world of "ant guards".


Final Moments of Bee Landing Tactics Revealed

December 23, 2009
Science Daily News
Landing is tricky: hit the ground too fast and you will crash and burn; too slow and you may stall and fall. Bees manage their approach by monitoring the speed of images moving across their eyes. By slowing so that the speed of the looming landing pad's image on the retina remains constant, bees manage to control their approach. But what happens in the final few moments before touch down? And how do bees adapt to landing on surfaces ranging from the horizontal to upside-down ceilings?


Microscopic Flower Petal Ridges Flash to Attract Pollinating Insects; Scientists Now Know How Ridges Form

December 22, 2009
Science Daily News
Microscopic ridges contouring the surface of flower petals might play a role in flashing that come-hither look pollinating insects can't resist. Michigan State University scientists and colleagues now have figured out how those form.


Bee preserve proposed for park

December 22, 2009
The Record
Cambridge's failed dog park along the Grand River may be going to the bees. The Ancient Mariner's canoe club wants to turn the unkempt meadow in Riverbluffs Park into a nature preserve for insects — bees especially. The idea of “Pollinator Park” grew out of talk among the 120-member club to remember friends who died, said past president Bob Fraser.


'Bumper year' for botanical finds

December 22, 2009
BBC News
Giant rainforest trees, tiny fungi and wild coffee plants are among almost 300 species that have been described by UK botanists for the first time in 2009. The finds were recorded by researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who carried out surveys involving teams in 100 countries around the world.


University of Hawaii stimulus grants' benefits questioned

December 21, 2009
Honolulu Advertiser
Federal economic stimulus money is being used to finance University of Hawai'i research into how honeybees learn, the evolution of moths and Icelandic geology. So far, UH has secured 62 competitive stimulus-related research grants worth $42 million, according to federal filings. The research projects — including the $210,000 grant to study bee learning behavior — have been criticized as a sign of waste and mismanagement within the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment program.


Development and morphology of insect-mimicking spots on the flower petals of a South African beetle daisy

December 20, 2009
7th Space Interactive
Dark spots on flower petals are common across many angiosperm plant families and occur on flowers such as some lilies, orchids, and daisies. Much research has been done on the physiological and behavioral mechanisms for how these spots attract pollinators. But have you ever wondered what these spots are composed of, how they develop, or how they only appear on some but not all of the ray florets?


Make pollinators feel at home

December 19, 2009
Yakima Herald-Republic
The great thing about pollinator conservation is that anyone and everyone can do something to help. In general, all it takes is providing appropriate food and habitat for bees, butterflies and other pollinating species and avoiding the use of pesticides that harm them.


No one villain behind honey-bee colony collapse

December 15, 2009
Science News
Jeff Pettis continues to break the hearts of mystery lovers. Two years ago he and other entomologists went to work on what sounded like the scenario for rip-roaring fiction: widespread, unexplained disappearances of honey bee workers that left the youngsters and queen behind for no obvious reason. His progress report to the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America, however, isn’t pointing toward a fictional crescendo. Pettis argues that there may not be a Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with the candlestick, but a web of subtly interacting factors.


Financial Assistance Available for Wildlife Habitat Improvement

December 15, 2009
PR Newswire
Landowners interested in the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) have until January 15 to apply for 2010 funding consideration. While the application process for this program is continuous, funding selections are only made once or twice a year. Although additional funding may be available later in the year, producers who apply by January 15 will receive first priority for project selection. WHIP helps private landowners and agriculture producers increase the diversity and habitat of wildlife and endangered species in California.


Smallholders benefit from bee keeper partnership with New Holland

December 11, 2009
New Holland, one of the UK’s leading agricultural manufacturers, has announced that it has joined the fight to find solutions to the problems which are threatening and killing dramatically high numbers of Britain’s honeybees.


U of G Using Math to Study Bees

December 9, 2009
University of Guelph News
If you wanted to build better beehives or improve crop pollination, you'd probably talk to beekeepers and biologists. But mathematicians? At the University of Guelph, experts in bees and numbers are working together on studies of hive design, pollination webs and disease transmission. “This may be the only math apiculture working group worldwide," said mathematics and statistics professor Hermann Eberl.


We need bees on every block

December 9, 2009
BC Local News
Yes, we need more bees. Master beekeeper Brian Campbell teaches us the importance of attracting more pollinators to sustain our current food production.


Burgh Bees to transform Homewood vacant lot into community apiary

December 9, 2009
POP City Media
Burgh Bees is one step closer to achieving its goal of founding a cooperative urban apiary. The local beekeeping nonprofit has been granted a five-year lease for a block-long lot on Susquehanna Street in Homewood, across the street from the East End Brewing Company. The long-vacant lot cannot be developed in the traditional sense because of its shape (long and narrow) and its proximity to the East Busway, says Meredith Meyer Grelli with Burgh Bees. The property, however, is perfect for beekeeping


MSU research may lead to new ways to control honeybee parasite

December 7, 2009
MSU News
Ground-breaking discoveries by Michigan State University researchers could help protect honeybees from deadly parasites that have devastated commercial colonies. The MSU researchers for the first time were able to produce in the laboratory proteins that help channel sodium ions through cell membranes of parasites known as Varroa mites.


Native Bee Calendar by UC Bee Fan

December 2, 2009
California Farmer
Bee enthusiasts affiliated with the University of California have created a North American native bee calendar, focusing on the importance of native bees as pollinators. The project benefits the conservation work of two non-profit organizations, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, an international organization headquartered in Portland, Ore., and the Bay Area-based Great Sunflower Project.


Bees Release Deadly Odor That Shortens Sibling Lifespans

December 2, 2009
Here’s one way to get back at your sibling: Release a deadly odor. Honeybee researchers have discovered the first example of a pheromone that shortens the lifespan of other family members — in this case, older sisters. “Just one little sniff can change your life,” said biologist Gro Amdam of Arizona State University, co-author of a study published Dec. 1 in The Journal of Experimental Biology.


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