Scientists hoping to explain widespread declines in wild bumble bee populations have conducted the first long-term genetic study of Nosema bombi, a key fungal pathogen of honey bees and bumble […]
Missouri: Next Beekeeper Class April 2 Mar 28, 2016
The next class in the workshop for beginner beekeepers will be April 2 at the Fisher Delta Research Center.
Recent legal action has put neonicotinoids in the spotlight once again. This week, Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture compensated two beekeepers after investigators found that neonicotinoid-filled dust from a neighboring cornfield […]
Herbicides, Not Insecticides, Biggest Threat to Bees Dec 17, 2015
People who care about honeybees know that insecticides and pollinators are usually a bad mix, but it turns out that herbicides used to control weeds can spell even bigger trouble […]
USDA researchers tested 42 commonly used pesticides in a realistic field setting to determine their toxicity levels for honeybees. The pesticide study examined 40 insecticides, one herbicide and one fungicide. The […]
Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen of the University of California Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, “retired” in June of 2014 after 38 years of service but his phone and keyboard […]
Last week I had a photo of some stinging insects or “bitey bugs” next to my hand. There were 2 Honeybees side by side and a Yellow Jacket behind one […]
Almond News: Australia Suffers from Bee Thievery Sep 28, 2015
Angus Whitley and Ben Sharples of Bloomberg News report on the Napa Valley Register that high almond prices have lead to the theft of as many as 5 million honey […]
Chemical companies have added a new bee hazard icon on labels of certain insecticides to protect pollinators from chemicals hazardous to their health. Blake Layton, an entomologist with the Mississippi […]
Media skirmishes about bee health, agriculture practices and the role of pollinators in food production are a mixture of fact, propaganda and general misunderstanding.