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  • CANPOLIN 2010
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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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New Scientist TV February 2010

January 31, 2010
New Scientist
In the latest episode of our monthly vodcast, we travel to a lab that's studying locust behaviour, visit a researcher examining our ancestors' teeth and find out about a mystery orchid pollinator that turned out to be new to science.

 

Wasps Help Fig Trees Have Sex Over Long Distances

January 31, 2010
Treehugger.com
Life has never been too easy for the African wasp Certosolen arabicus--having a lifespan of two days, after all, doesn't afford them much 'me' time. But, if there is one thing that makes their 48 hours of life worth living, it would their intimate relationship with the fig tree Ficus sycomorus. In fact, the two are inseparable, and quite literally.

 

A passion for science on film

January 31, 2010
NYU News
Eliza McNitt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and scientist — and no, she's not a graduate student. McNitt is a Tisch freshman.

 

Planting a seed, growing an idea

January 29, 2010
BC Local News
The Blue Orchard Mason Bee is the Quaker of bees. It’s a hard-working pacifist that prefers to live on its own rather than in a colony. The comparison to Quakers ends, however, with the mason bee’s predilection for incest.

 

Bees Recognize Human Faces Using Feature Configuration

January 29, 2010
Science Daily
Going about their day-to-day business, bees have no need to be able to recognise human faces. Yet in 2005, when Adrian Dyer from Monash University trained the fascinating insects to associate pictures of human faces with tasty sugar snacks, they seemed to be able to do just that. But Martin Giurfa from the Université de Toulouse, France, suspected that that the bees weren't learning to recognise people.

 

Almond Tree's Secret Weapon

January 28, 2010
Science Daily
Has the almond tree developed a unique way of drawing potential pollinators? A group of researchers at the Department of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Science Education at the University of Haifa-Oranim speculate that the toxin called amygdalin that is found in almond tree nectar is in fact an evolutionary development intended to give that tree an advantage over others in its surroundings.

 

Fewer Honey Bee Colonies and Beekeepers Throughout Europe

January 28, 2010
Science Daily
The number of bee colonies in Central Europe has decreased over recent decades. In fact, the number of beekeepers has been declining in the whole of Europe since 1985. This is the result of a study that has now been published by the International Bee Research Association, which for the first time has provided an overview of the problem of bee colony decline at the European level.

 

Survey: Honeybee Colony Collapse Losses Declining

January 27, 2010
ABC News
Fewer beekeepers are reporting evidence of a mysterious ailment that had been decimating the U.S. honeybee population. But losses due to colony collapse disorder remain high enough to keep beekeepers on edge, and longtime stresses on bees such as starvation and poor weather add to the burden. A survey of beekeepers published in the January issue of the Journal of Apicultural Research finds the percentage of operations reporting having lost colonies with colony collapse disorder symptoms decreased to 26 percent last winter, compared to 38 percent the previous season and 36 percent the season before that.

 

Taking the sting out of the honeybee controversy

January 27, 2010
Environmental Research Web
Environmental debates can become both passionate and polarized, particularly when people may have vested interests in the outcome. Moving this kind of situation forward requires a procedure similar to that used in law courts, which gives voice to all the evidence and allows unfounded statements to be highlighted. Now for the first time, Laura Maxim from the Institute for Communication Sciences, CNRS in France and Jeroen van der Sluijs from Utrecht University in the Netherlands have developed such a structure. They put it to the test on the controversy over French honeybee losses.

 

The stressed honeybee threatens U.S. food supply, scientist says

January 27, 2010
Medill Reports Chicago
Nearly one-third of all food consumed in the U.S. – mostly vegetables, fruits and nuts – is dependent on pollination by honeybees.

 

TAKING CARE OF BEES-NESS

January 27, 2010
Canby Herald
Not only are busy bees hard workers, they also are commuters. The hives of many Oregon beekeepers will start heading south this week to provide pollination for the almond crops in California.

 

Children's book shares tradition of bee coursing

January 27, 2010
Wilkes Journal Patriot
Sometimes, a little nudge is all a person needs to tackle a longtime goal. Dr. Wanda Phillips Hutchinson isn't one to shy from a challenge, but a fellow Wilkes County school employee's comment prompted the associate school superintendent to go ahead and write a children's book. Jeannie Jernigan, media coordinator at East Wilkes Middle School, did this after Mrs. Hutchinson recounted how her father-in-law, the late S.A. Hutchinson of Traphill, observed wild honeybees to find their hives-called "bee coursing."

 

Monarch Butterflies Reveal a Novel Way in Which Animals Sense Earth's Magnetic Field

January 27, 2010
Science Daily
Building on prior investigation into the biological mechanisms through which monarch butterflies are able to migrate up to 2,000 miles from eastern North America to a particular forest in Mexico each year, neurobiologists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have linked two related photoreceptor proteins found in butterflies to animal navigation using the Earth's magnetic field.

 

The Secret Life of Bees: Researcher Explores Honey Bees' "Waggle Dancing" and Other Mysterious Behaviors

January 26, 2010
News Wire
How does a honey bee find its way in the world? How does it tell the other bees where it found the best food? Heather Mattila, assistant professor of biological sciences at Wellesley College, studies honey bee hives to find out how colonies work together to find food. It turns out a special dance they perform offers up clues to the process.

 

HONEYBEES CAN HELP DISSECT HOW DISEASE SPREADS IN LIVESTOCK, OTHER ANIMAL AND HUMAN GROUPS

January 26, 2010
Science and Technology News
The study of honeybees and their social structure can give scientists a greater understanding of how infectious disease spreads among animals and humans, says a Colorado State University professor who has embarked on a five-year study of honeybee behavior, funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER award.

 

Honeybee Population Decline and Its Devastating Effects Are Topic of 'Vanishing of the Bees'

January 25, 2010
Melodika
Bee Native, The Honeybee Conservancy and the Natural Resources Defense Council announce the creation of a February 4th fundraiser for "Vanishing of the Bees," a new documentary that comprehensively demystifies the collapse of honeybee populations across the planet and its risk to $15 billion dollars' worth of U.S. agricultural revenue products.

 

Network Theory: A Key to Unraveling How Nature Works

January 25, 2010
Yale Environment 360
In the last two decades, network theory has emerged as a way of making sense of everything from the World Wide Web to the human brain. Now, as ecologists have begun applying this theory to ecosystems, they are gaining insights into how species are interconnected and how to foster biodiversity.

 

Tobacco Plant Thwarts Caterpillar Onslaught by Opening Flowers in the Morning

January 25, 2010
Science Daily
Butterflies and moths are welcome visitors to many plant species. Plants attract insect pollinators with the colors, forms, nectars and scents of their flowers to ensure fertilization and reproduction. However, female moths are also threatening to the plant: Once attracted by the flower's scent, they lay their eggs on the green leaves, and shortly voracious young caterpillars hatch. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology have now discovered how tobacco plants successfully solve this dilemma.

 

Project can bring back honeybees

January 23, 2010
News Observer
The goal of the Pollinator Pathway is to convert urban land - in this case, high-maintenance tree lawns - into native gardens for bees, beneficial insects, butterflies and hummingbirds.

 

Insect Colonies Operate as 'Superorganisms', New Research Finds

January 22, 2010
Science Daily
New A team of researchers including scientists from the University of Florida has shown insect colonies follow some of the same biological "rules" as individuals, a finding that suggests insect societies operate like a single "superorganism" in terms of their physiology and life cycle. For more than a century, biologists have marveled at the highly cooperative nature of ants, bees and other social insects that work together to determine the survival and growth of a colony.

 

Honeybee Population Decline and Its Devastating Effects Are Topic of 'Vanishing of the Bees'

January 22, 2010
PR Newswire
Bee Native, The Honeybee Conservancy and the Natural Resources Defense Council announce the creation of a February 4th fundraiser for "Vanishing of the Bees," a new documentary that comprehensively demystifies the collapse of honeybee populations across the planet and its risk to $15 billion dollars' worth of U.S. agricultural revenue products.

 

Flowering by Day Keeps the Caterpillars Away

January 21, 2010
Science Magazine
The tobacco plant Nicotiana attenuata has a love-hate relationship with the hawkmoths that visit its flowers every night. The moths pollinate the plant, but they also drop off eggs that hatch into very hungry caterpillars. Now ecologists have found that when a tobacco plant is being clobbered by caterpillars, it shifts the time of day its flowers open. That makes it more appealing to hummingbirds, a more benign pollinator that doesn't eat leaves.

 

Plant Switches Pollinators When Caterpillars Strike

January 21, 2010
The New York Times
It is not a perfect situation, the relationship between coyote tobacco and hawkmoths. Sure, the hawkmoth does a good job of pollinating the plant, Nicotiana attenuata, which grows in the Western United States and flowers at night. But the hawkmoth has this annoying habit of leaving behind its eggs, which develop into caterpillars that like nothing better than to eat the plant.

 

Crazy for crocuses

January 21, 2010
The Oxford Times UK
Before the cold weather set in (over a month ago) I could see crocus buds aplenty and I fully expected to have them in flower by now. After the cold weather, which kept me penned into my village for three weeks, I am desperate for a sign of spring to lighten my load. But I am probably not half as desperate as our hibernating bees who will shortly wake up once the temperature approaches 10C (roughly 50F).

 

Pollen park to blossom in Madison

January 21, 2010
Clarion-Ledger
One third of the food you eat is dependent on bees pollinating plants, agriculture officials say. And one-third of the nation's bee colonies have vanished, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council Scientists don't know why. State and federal agencies are promoting the creation of habitats for pollinators, and the city of Madison broke ground on the state's first habitat Wednesday in Strawberry Patch Park.

 

What can wild bees tell us about their domesticated counterparts?

January 21, 2010
Farm and Dairy
As scientists struggle to come to grips with Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious disease threatening to wipe out domesticated honey bees in the United States, they have begun to cast a worried eye toward wild bees — trying to gauge their numbers, health and ecological status.

 

Bee decline linked to falling biodiversity

January 20, 2010
BBC News
The decline of honeybees seen in many countries may be caused by reduced plant diversity, research suggests. Bees fed pollen from a range of plants showed signs of having a healthier immune system than those eating pollen from a single type, scientists found.

 

Disappearing Bees: UK Government Meets British Ecological Society to Discuss Measures

January 20, 2010
The Global Herald
Environment experts today warned the UK could face dire financial repercussions unless more is done to remedy the ailing bee population. At a seminar in Westminster, the four speakers presented new research on the crisis and highlighted the far-reaching impact bees have on the eco-system. Findings showed England suffered the biggest decline out of the whole of Europe, with bee numbers down 54%.

 

Gardeners Must Unite to Save Britain's Wildlife

January 20, 2010
Science Daily
To encourage urban biodiversity, neighbours should co-ordinate their gardening efforts to create a network of interlinking habitats where birds, bees and mammals can flourish.

 

Jiminy Cricket! Pollinator caught in the act

January 18, 2010
Science News
Birds do it, bees do it, and apparently crickets do it too. Using night-vision cameras, scientists have documented cricket pollination of an orchid on the island of Réunion. The sighting is the first report of flower pollination by an orthopteran insect, a member of the order that includes katydids, grasshoppers and locusts, researchers report online January 11 and in an upcoming issue of the Annals of Botany. And the cricket itself — a species of raspy cricket — is new to science.

 

Punishment Important in Plant-Pollinator Relationship

January 18, 2010
Science Daily
Figs and the wasps that pollinate them present one of biologists' favorite examples of a beneficial relationship between two different species. In exchange for the pollination service provided by the wasp, the fig fruit provides room and board for the wasp's developing young. However, wasps do not always pollinate the fig. Fig trees "punish" these "cheaters" by dropping unpollinated fruit, killing the wasp's offspring inside, report researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

 

Bee Research Shows Benefit of Native Plants, Wild Bees

January 18, 2010
Gant Daily
As scientists struggle to come to grips with Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious disease threatening to wipe out domesticated honey bees in the United States, they have begun to cast a worried eye towards wild bees -- trying to gauge their numbers, health and ecological status.

 

Sex, lies and orchids

January 16, 2010
Swiss Info
Scientists have found out why orchids resort to sexual trickery to lure in male insects - it leads to a more efficient pollinating system. The international study, involving Zurich University’s Florian Schiestl, is published in the January edition of The American Naturalist.

 

Bee expert, chemical rep clash over pesticides

January 16, 2010
The Daily Item
Honeybees will die in greater numbers this year than ever before, and court fights over the chemicals some believe are killing them will continue to be a cat-and-mouse game. That’s the opinion of Lewisburg beekeeper Dave Hackenberg, who last week was in Orlando, Fla., at the North American Beekeeping Conference with about 750 of his peers.

 

New network for evolutionary genetics

January 15, 2010
PhysOrg.com
Leading researchers in the field of evolutionary and population genetics from the University of Cambridge and beyond are meeting today for a special workshop. Leading researchers in the field of evolutionary and population genetics from the University of Cambridge and beyond are meeting today for a special workshop.

 

Bee-stings as medicine? Bee-venom advocate says apitherapy can cure what ails you

January 15, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Reyah Carlson has been stung by bees more than 25,000 times. On purpose. Carlson is a practitioner of apitherapy, a controversial form of alternative medicine that uses bee venom to treat everything from arthritis to multiple sclerosis. She will be a featured speaker at the 2010 North American Beekeepers Conference being held in Orlando today.

 

Bird charity helps rare bug life

January 15, 2010
BBC News
A wild bird conservation charity has taken two rare insect species under its wing in an effort to help bring them back from the brink of extinction. RSPB Scotland is to work with Butterfly Conservation Scotland on captive breeding of dark bordered beauty moth for release on a reserve in Strathspey. Habitat is also being created on the RSPB's Abernethy reserve so pine hoverfly can be reintroduced in 2011.

 

A flying boost for neuroscience

January 14, 2010
University of Queensland News
Understanding the causes of autism and schizophrenia could be a step closer for researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland after they unravelled the secret world of the wasp genome... The team will also investigate the genetic and evolutionary relationship between the wasp and the European honeybee Apis mellifera.

 

Award-winning student is getting to the bottom of bees

January 14, 2010
Greenwich Post
A phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder where honeybees all over the world abruptly and inexplicably disappear has puzzled and concerned scientists since its discovery several years ago.

 

Groups ask U.S. to regulate shipping of commercial bumblebees

January 13, 2010
Washington Post
Conservation groups said four species of native bumblebees are close to extinction and called on the federal government Tuesday to begin regulating the shipping of bees raised commercially as crop pollinators.

 

Groups ask federal authorities to regulate commercial bumblebees to control disease

January 12, 2010
LA Times
Conservation groups and scientists want federal agricultural authorities to start regulating shipments of commercially domesticated bumblebees — used to pollinate crops — to protect wild bumblebees from diseases threatening their survival.

 

Using Bees to Battle Crows in Japan

January 12, 2010
Treehugger
Crows are considered a menace in Japan and for the last 10 years, the country has been waging a war against them. There's been a range of tactics, but one that catches our eye is using one animal species to ward off another. Specifically, bees.

 

New cricket species filmed pollinating orchids

January 12, 2010
BBC News
A new species of cricket has been caught on camera - and its bizarre behaviour has surprised scientists. Far from living up to the cricket's plant-destroying reputation, this species lends a helping hand to flora by acting as a pollinator. Scientists say this is the first time a cricket has been spotted pollinating a flower - in this case, an orchid.

 

First Known Instance of a Cricket as an Orchid Pollinator Captured on Film

January 12, 2010
Science Daily
An orchid researcher based on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean and collaborating with researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) has used motion sensitive night cameras to capture the first known occurrence of a cricket functioning as a pollinator of flowering plants. Not only is this the first time this behaviour has been documented in a member of the Orthoptera order of insects -- who are better known for eating plants -- but the 'raspy cricket' is also entirely new to science.

 

Butterflies Reeling from Impacts of Climate and Development

January 12, 2010
Science Daily
California butterflies are reeling from a one-two punch of climate change and land development, says an unprecedented analysis led by UC Davis butterfly expert Arthur Shapiro.

 

The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State to Host International Conference

January 12, 2010
PR-USA
Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research will be hosting the first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy from July 24-28, 2010. This is the first notice. The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State is a hub for research and education concerning pollinator health, especially the factors causing honey bee population declines.

 

E B. O'Keeffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship for Honey Bee Health at Penn State University

January 12, 2010
PR-USA
Through a generous donation of the E. B. O'Keeffe Charitable Foundation, we are announcing a special graduate fellowship to support the educational training of a graduate student conducting research on honey bee health in the Department of Entomology at Penn State University.

 

Almond pest management challenges

January 12, 2010
Western Farm Press
Times were much simpler three and four decades ago. People were thrilled to get their first (black-and-white) television set. Homes had a single, wired telephone. The family sedan was filled with 20 cent-per-gallon gas at the nearby “full-service” station. Veteran pest control advisers (PCAs) fondly remember simpler times on and off the farm when job duties were just as important but less complex. PCAs today are armed with an arsenal of knowledge on numerous pests and diseases, a broad range of crop protection materials with various active ingredients, and ever-changing, more complicated regulations.

 

World Urged To Step Up Efforts On Protecting Species

January 12, 2010
Radio Free Europe
The United Nations has designated 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, described as "a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives." Throughout the year, the world is invited to take action to safeguard the variety of life on earth and increase public awareness of the biodiversity with its many facets. According to UN figures, three species vanish every hour. Experts believe there could be as many as 6-12 million more animal and plant species as yet unknown to science.

 

Sex Life May Hold Key To Honeybee Survival

January 11, 2010
Science Daily
The number and diversity of male partners a queen honeybee has could help to protect her children from disease, say University of Leeds scientists, who are investigating possible causes of the widespread increase in bee deaths seen around the world.

 

Bees Equiped With Microchips Help Explain Hive Declines

January 11, 2010
Tree Hugger
In hopes of better understanding why bee populations are in decline, scientists are attaching microchips to bees to monitor their movements. The tiny device is glued to the back of the bees works with equipment installed at the entrance of their hives to record different data. Researchers say that the insight provided by this unprecedented observational technique will help them better understand the behavior of the insects throughout their entire lifecycles--and may shed light onto the reasons why bee populations have been steadily declining over the last 20 years.

 

Proper flower and leaf development tied to the same gene, say Dartmouth researchers

January 11, 2010
Dartmouth News
A group of Dartmouth researchers have discovered a new role for an important plant gene. Dartmouth Biology Professor Tom Jack and his colleagues have learned that a gene regulator called miR319a (micro RNA 319a) is important for proper flower development, particularly the development of petals.

 

Well-Traveled Wasps Provide Hope For Vanishing Species

January 11, 2010
Science Daily
They may only be 1.5mm in size, but the tiny wasps that pollinate fig trees can travel over 160km in less than 48 hours, according to research from scientists at the University of Leeds. The fig wasps are transporting pollen ten times further than previously recorded for any insect.

 

Let critters make your backyard their home

January 10, 2010
Arizona Daily Star
Owls, lyside sulphur butterflies, pipevine swallowtail caterpillars, rufous hummingbirds and honeybees are just a smattering of the wildlife that pass through the two-acre Hereford homestead of Bob Behrstock and Karen LeMay. It helps that they abut a national forest, but they've also created an inviting habitat with flowers, trees, shrubs and water sources. Anyone, including city folk, can do the same, whether it's an elaborate backyard environment or a potted plant on an apartment balcony. Today, several gardeners share their secrets on how to have animal-friendly gardens.

 

Hybrid Garden Seeds are not the Enemy

January 9, 2010
Chicago Now
In the conversation about the dangers of genetically modified seeds and the benefits of heirloom seeds happening across the internet it seems like hybrids are be getting a bad reputation. The word "hybrid" sounds scary and conjures up images from the nightmares you have after viewing a science fiction movie. The truth is that hybrid plants have been around a long time. Simply put, hybridizing is the creation of new plants from plants that already exist. Sometimes even the supporters of GMOs fail to understand that hybrids are not synonymous with GMOs.

 

Behind Mass Die-Offs, Pesticides Lurk as Culprit

January 9, 2010
Yale Environment 360
Ever since Olga Owen Huckins shared the spectacle of a yard full of dead, DDT-poisoned birds with her friend Rachel Carson in 1958, scientists have been tracking the dramatic toll on wildlife of a planet awash in pesticides. Today, drips and puffs of pesticides surround us everywhere, contaminating 90 percent of the nation’s major rivers and streams, more than 80 percent of sampled fish, and one-third of the nation’s aquifers. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, fish and birds that unsuspectingly expose themselves to this chemical soup die by the millions every year.

 

Learn to invite butterflies into your garden

January 9, 2010
The News Press
On a sunny Florida day, it can be pure joy to watch a brightly colored butterfly wander through the air, its wings ablaze with exotic patterns. Some of their names are equally exotic as well. It might be an Eastern tiger swallowtail, an orange-barred sulphur, a rudy daggerwing or a zebra longwing — Florida’s state butterfly — that you’re seeing.

 

Loss of forage biggest long-term threat to bees

January 8, 2010
The Ecologist
Intensification of farming and subsequent decline in food sources rather than pesticides or disease seen as biggest threat to honey bees The decline in wild habitat and forage is the most significant long-term threat to honey bee populations in Europe and the US, according to the UK's only Professor of Apiculture.

 

Bee Colony Collapse May Have Several Causes

January 8, 2010
Wired
When suspiciously large numbers of honeybee colonies started collapsing in late 2006, the search began to find the culprit behind the mysterious deaths. Now it seems a whole web of problems may be causing what’s known as colony collapse disorder.

 

Wild bees 'may freeze to death'

January 8, 2010
BBC News
Conservationists have warned of a "pollination crisis" this summer as hibernating wild bees perish in freezing conditions. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BCT) said domesticated honeybees should survive the winter in hives looked after by beekeepers.

 

Honey sales fall as bee population declines

January 8, 2010
ITN
Sales of honey have fallen for the first time in six years as colonies of bees continue to die out. Disease and bad weather has hit the bee population, with nearly a fifth dying in 2008, forcing the price of honey up.

 

In Defense of Bees: NYC to Legalize Beekeeping

January 8, 2010
Travel Insights 100
Atlanta, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver are just some of the major cities that allow beekeeping. But in New York City, bees are prohibited along with crocodiles, lions, and pit vipers. In comparison to venomous snakes and giant cats, bees seem hardly a threat.

 

Freezing temperatures could cause mass bee die-off

January 7, 2010
Bird Gurides
Conservationists are concerned that the cold snap could kill hibernating bees, leading to a pollination crisis next summer. With temperatures forecast to plummet to –20°C in some parts of the UK, bees that are not deep underground may freeze to death.

 

Help the honeybees, which are essential to our lives

January 7, 2010
The Tennessean
Over the past three years, more than 50 billion honeybees have died. Scientists understand the causes, and now we need everyone to lend a helping hand. The humble honeybee has been inextricably linked to humankind since prehistoric times — at first, we were drawn to this remarkable creature because of its sweet honey.

 

Bees will find sanctuary in failed dog park

January 4, 2010
The Record
Last night, city councillors approved turning a failed off-leash dog park into an insect sanctuary in a hidden rear corner of Riverbluffs Park along the Grand River.

 

Federal judge bans honeybee killing pesticide

January 4, 2010
The Examiner
The US justice system sided with nature this week in decision to forbid the sale of a dangerous pesticide known as spirotetramat after January 15, 2010. This toxin was sold under the trade name of Movento and Ultor. Bayer CropScience had pressed it's approval by the EPA in 2008.

 

Judge Revokes Approval of Pesticide That Could Harm Bees

January 4, 2010
Environment News Service
A pesticide approved just 18 months ago must be taken off the market because it could be toxic to America's honey bees, already in steep decline. In an order issued December 23, 2009, a federal court in New York invalidated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of the pesticide spirotetramat, manufactured by Bayer CropScience and sold under the trade names Movento and Ultor. The court ordered the EPA to reevaluate the chemical.

 

Monarch-watching scheme loses wings after Lotto board refuses help

January 4, 2010
The Northern Advocate
A project monitoring the behaviour of New Zealand's monarch butterfly over winter is in limbo after the rejection of a funding application. The tagging of monarchs as an indication of climate change started as a voluntary project in Northland four years ago but has grown to such an extent it now needs financial support. Volunteers have so far used their own money to monitor butterflies and pay for information displays and the cost of making the tiny tags in America.

 

GREEN: People asked to grow bee-friendly plants

January 4, 2010
News Shopper UK
PEOPLE are being asked to grow bee-friendly plants to stop the honey bee from dying out. Lib Dem candidate for Deptford, Tamora Langley, has helped raise almost £500,000 to fund research by the University of Sussex for protecting the honey bee.

 

Colony collapse reports differ

January 3, 2010
Capital Press Agriculture News
Is colony collapse disorder continuing to cause declines in honeybee populations? It depends on whom you ask. While some bee producers have reported "tremendous losses" -- up to 80 percent in some cases -- overall populations continue to support the demand in California and nationwide, said Eric Mussen, a University of California Cooperative Extension apiculturist in Davis, Calif.

 

Tree’s the bee’s knees

January 3, 2010
Knutsford Guardian
A COMMUNITY group created a buzz of interest in Holmes Chapel, when it won the village’s Christmas tree festival. Holmes Chapel Women’s Institute (WI) scooped first prize in the Methodist church’s competition, after members painstakingly transformed their entry into a ‘bee tree’.

 

Fallowing cited as reason for honey production decline

January 3, 2010
Imperial Valley Press Online
In beekeeper Bryan Ashurst’s eyes, when water conserved from fallowing flows away from the Valley, so does the possibility of honey production. Ashurst, owner of Ashurst Bee Co. in Westmorland, said fewer cultivated fields deplete honeybees’ food supply.

 

Procedural issues lead to ban of Bayer pesticide

January 1, 2010
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
A federal judge banned the sale of a Bayer CropScience pesticide that environmental groups and commercial beekeepers say is potentially toxic to the nation's threatened honeybee population. Both Bayer CropScience, a North Carolina subsidiary of Bayer AG, and the Environmental Protection Agency have 60 days to appeal the decision of Manhattan U.S. District Judge Denise Cote.

 

Happ-bee New Year

January 1, 2010
Natural History Museum UK
It may not be a happy New Year for the great yellow bumblebee, which is the first species featured in the Natural History Museum's new Species of the day, launched today. This insect is under threat in the UK due to habitat changes, and is one of the 365 species to be highlighted throughout the year as the Museum celebrates the UN's 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

 

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