Category Archives: Biology

Bee research in Australia receives a $2.5 million buzz at QBI

The Queensland Minister for Tourism Regional Development and Industry, Desley Boyle today opened The University of Queensland’s new $2.5 million “All Weather Bee Flight Facility” at the Queensland Brain Institute. Read More

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Arizona company tries to amp up honeybees

The Buzz reported Friday that beekeepers nationally are continuing to lose an alarming percentage of the bees they use to commercially pollinate crops. (…) One Arizona-based company, however, says it has a solution. MegaBee: The Tucson Bee Diet is a … Continue reading

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For bees, pollution makes no scents

Fuentes, whose study was published in the Journal of Atmospheric Environment, used mathematical models to estimate how far fragrance molecules could travel. Fuentes and his team concluded that scent trails traveled up to 1,200 meters in pre-industrial times. Today, those … Continue reading

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Bee research aims for diverse bee genetic pool

University of California Davis bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey and Steve Sheppard, a professor and apiculturist at Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., are investigating several races of the Western or European honey bee (Apis mellifera), which European settlers brought to America … Continue reading

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Monogamy Is Responsible for the Evolution of Bees

For decades, a divisive debate has raged among biologists over the evolution of eusocial insects—those that thrive in cooperative societies of queens, workers and drones Read More

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Mixed-breed bees have most resistance to disease

Some beekeepers buy Italian bees or Russian bees — each type having its own attributes. Kelton said the bees that seem to have the strongest resistance to disease, however, are wild, mixed-breed bees. Read More

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Bee research aims for diverse bee genetic pool

University of California Davis bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey and Steve Sheppard, a professor and apiculturist at Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., are investigating several races of the Western or European honey bee (Apis mellifera), which European settlers brought to America … Continue reading

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Bees’ right side may learn faster

Experiments conducted by UNE’s Emeritus Professor Lesley Rogers and Professor Giorgio Vallortigara from the University of Trento, Italy, have revealed an impressive complexity in the way bees store and retrieve their memories of odours. Read More

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Altruism in social insects is a family affair

The contentious debate about why insects evolved to put the interests of the colony over the individual has been re-ignited by new research from the University of Leeds, showing that they do so to increase the chances that their genes … Continue reading

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Honeybees get a boost from supplement

Backyard beekeepers and commercial bee breeders alike are starting to offer their bees low-fat, high-protein “megabee patties” that help make up nutritional deficits. Commercially managed bees are nearly always used in monocrops situations, where they might be feeding on nothing … Continue reading

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