Startup Looks to Honey Bees to Solve Traffic Problems

Startup Looks to Honey Bees to Solve Traffic Problems

With more people having products shipped right to their doors rather than shopping in stores, logistics companies are looking for clever new ways to optimize delivery routes and cut operating costs. When you take into account all the different locations that a single delivery truck travels between in a single day, this is easier said […]

Oslo Builds “Bee Highway” to Protect Local Pollinators

Oslo Builds “Bee Highway” to Protect Local Pollinators

Thanks to a collaborative effort from the citizens of Norway’s capital city of Oslo, urban pollinators now have a swath of new flowerbeds and green roofs to graze on. It’s called the bee highway, and it was designed by the Oslo-based environmental group ByBi in 2015. The group works with schools, businesses and residents in […]

Study Finds Pollutants Make it Harder for Bees to Pollinate

Study Finds Pollutants Make it Harder for Bees to Pollinate

When bees set out to look for nectar, they use their sense of smell to locate food sources thousands of feet away from their hives. In 2006, researchers studying the honey bee genome found that honey bees have 170 different odor receptors that are able to distinguish between the scent profiles of different types of […]

More than 1,000 Hives Were Stolen in California This Year

More than 1,000 Hives Were Stolen in California This Year

Every year, beekeepers from all over the country send hives to California to pollinate the Golden State’s many almond orchards. It takes millions of beehives to support the pollination needs of California’s almond growers, and each one of these hives costs $200 a piece. Now, the bee brokers who arrange contracts between beekeepers and farmers […]

Researchers Identify Human Cause of Honey Bee Virus

Researchers Identify Human Cause of Honey Bee Virus

Honey bees have had their fair share of hardships in recent years. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has ravaged bee populations throughout North America and Europe, and scientists have only just recently begun to understand what’s behind the disturbing phenomenon. To begin with, a common class of pesticide is impairing the neurological function of honey bees, […]

Scientists Discover What Makes Worker Bees Sterile

Scientists Discover What Makes Worker Bees Sterile

Did you know that in a honey bee colony the queen is the only female that lays eggs? It’s a pretty big job, being the mother to an entire society of insects. But why can’t the other female bees in the colony – the worker bees – lay eggs, too? This is a question that […]

In Africa, Bees Are Protecting Crops From Roving Pachyderms

In Africa, Bees Are Protecting Crops From Roving Pachyderms

Here in North America, farmers have crows, deer and gophers to contend with in their fields. In Africa, the local pests are a little bigger. In countries such as Kenya and Botswana, elephants have been known to destroy entire fields as they trample crops and forage for food. Over the years, farmers have tried everything […]

Honeybee Researcher Argues the USDA is stifling His Work

Honeybee Researcher Argues the USDA is stifling His Work

Jonathan Lundgren is an entomologist and senior researcher who has worked for the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service for the last 11 years. Now, he is on a two week suspension after filing a whistleblower complaint against the USDA that alleges the organization has impeded his research into the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on pollinators.   […]

A Piece of Good News Emerges for Wild Pollinating Bees

A Rare Piece of Good News Emerges for Wild Pollinating Bees

In recent years, we’ve gotten pretty accustomed to hearing dire warnings about the plight of pollinators. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon we still don’t fully understand, has claimed the lives of millions of honeybees over the course of the past decade. In one year alone (between April 2014 and April 2015), it’s estimated that […]

Students Develop Probiotics to Protect Bees from Pesticides

Students Develop Probiotics to Protect Bees from Pesticides

If you’ve been following our blog, you may remember that back in August we wrote about the devastating impact neonicotinoid pesticides have had on honeybee colonies. Research has demonstrated that these pesticides, which are derived from nicotine, compromise the nervous systems of bees and make it difficult from them to navigate effectively. Worse yet, bees […]