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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)



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Pesticides eyed in bee colony collapse

November 30, 2009
Pesticides may play a primary role in the collapse of commercial bee colonies, which contribute billions to agriculture yearly, a U.S. study says.


As bees continue to die off, suspicion turns to chemically coated seeds and other factors

November 29, 2009
Star Telegram Dallas
For Collin County commercial beekeeper John Talbert, the mysterious malady that is killing off bees means he’s keeping his hives close to home. "It’s like people and the swine flu: The more people you get together in one spot, the higher probability you’re going to have a health problem," said Talbert, who lives near Josephine in southeastern Collin County. "I don’t move them around and keep them isolated." But here and abroad, many other beekeepers haven’t been as fortunate.


Wildlife thrives at landfill

November 28, 2009
A large swath of land in King George County is home to bald eagles, turkeys, hawks, geese, songbirds, honeybees, deer, wildflowers, small mammals and amphibians. It's not a wildlife preserve. It's a landfill.


Scientists Uncover Immunity-Related Genes in Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee

November 27, 2009
USDA New and Events
The first analysis of immunity-related genes in a solitary bee has been conducted by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators.


Number of bumblebees, other pollinators are dwindling

November 27, 2009
Yokima Herald
With the colony collapse disorder affecting the honeybee, the ratio of the honeybee to bumblebee could easily be changing. However, where data exist, trends of the broad spectrum of the pollinator group, including the bumblebee, are demonstrably downward.


Wild insects could take over the pollinating role of honeybees

November 27, 2009
Environmnetal Expert
Scientists have identified several wild insects that could undertake the crop pollination function of honeybees. By comparing a range of pollinating insects they found three wild species that appear to be as efficient as the honeybee in pollination but may need management to increase their numbers.


Honeybees - little creatures of great importance

November 27, 2009
Citizen-Times, Ashville
The traditional Thanksgiving feast is at risk, and it has nothing to do with the economy. Bees are disappearing in North America at an alarming rate, and scientists don’t understand why.


BEES: You can help those little pollinators at home

November 26, 2009
The Tri-City News
Bird houses and feeders have long been a common site in the Tri-Cities but a new trend is sweeping the region. Bee houses are becoming a popular way to help the struggling bee population while allowing the little pollinators to improve nearby gardens.


The Humble Bee: Putting food on the table

November 26, 2009
RTÉ News
In part one of a series of stories RTÉ.ie Journalist Blathnaid Healy travels to the Rift Valley in Kenya to see how bees can improve people's access to food and improve certain crops.


The Current on CBC: Honeybees

Part 3 (link)

November 25, 2009
Van Morrison's classic song, Tupelo Honey is a confection made by honeybees in the American southeast. But honeybees make much more than tasty sweets. From the Arctic to the equator, they are nature's most prolific pollinators. By some accounts, every third bite of food we take is due to the fruit of the pollinating labour of bees. But bees are in big trouble right now.


Bigger Brains Not Always Smarter

November 24, 2009
Fox News
More brains doesn't necessarily equal more smarts, a new comparison of animal noggins reveals. Tiny insects could be as intelligent as much bigger animals, despite only having a brain the size of a pinhead, researchers argue in the Nov. 17 issue of the journal Current Biology.


Butterfly proboscis to Sip Cells

November 22, 2009
Science Daily
A butterfly's proboscis looks like a straw -- long, slender, and used for sipping -- but it works more like a paper towel, according to Konstantin Kornev of Clemson University. He hopes to borrow the tricks of this piece of insect anatomy to make small probes that can sample the fluid inside of cells.


Need for new pollinators

November 21, 2009
Farm Online Australia
AUSTRALIA'S lucerne seed industry is conscious of finding an alternative pollinator with varroa mite a very real threat to the honey bee population.


Bees Can Learn Differences in Food's Temperature, Study Finds

November 19, 2009
Science Daily
Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that honeybees can discriminate between food at different temperatures, an ability that may assist bees in locating the warm, sugar-rich nectar or high-protein pollen produced by many flowers.


Why honeybees are falling through the cracks

November 18, 2009
The Globe and Mail
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.


Professor plots the plant future

November 17, 2009
The Daily O'Collegian
Ecological forcasting brews interest, plant climate groups.


The 'abominable mystery' even Darwin couldn't solve

November 17, 2009
Telegraph UK
Orchids have been around for as long as dinosaurs, but the puzzle of their evolution is only now being fully understood.


Better than a bee

November 15, 2009
Southeast Missourian
The insect in this photo is not a bee. It is an American hover fly, and a member of a larger group of pollinator insects.


Some Trees and Insects Are Made for Each Other

November 13, 2009
Live Science
Coevolution — mutual adaptation of two or more species to one another — shapes much of the natural world and produces some of the most remarkable biological phenomena, from the exceptional speed of cheetahs and gazelles, to the virulence of the HIV and swine flu viruses.


Roos Arts displaying seed packages in 'Pollinator Dreams'

November 13, 2009
Time Herold Record
Rosendale exhibit offers seed packages.


Haagen-Dazs(R) Ice Cream Challenges Consumers to Imagine a 'World Without Bees'

November 12, 2009
PR Newswire
There's sure to be plenty of buzz surrounding the premiere of PBS's Chefs A' Field episode "Disappearing Act: A World Without Bees," an in-depth exploration of the crisis facing our nation's most active and important pollinator - the honey bee.


BCPC 2009: Fewer flowers and disease are main threat to bees

November 10, 2009
Farmers Guardian
Fewer flowers in the countryside and bee disease were cited as the major factors contributing to the decline of the UK bee population, at the BCPC Congress, held in Glasgow.


Evolution of Animal Pollination

November 9, 2009
Science Magazine
The evolution of animal pollination in flowering plants (angiosperms) and the resulting coevolution and diversification of both angiosperms and major pollinator groups during the late Cretaceous


Before flowers, odd bugs pollinated plants

November 5, 2009
MSNBC Science
Scorpionflies had tube-like snouts to slurp nectar, researchers report.


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