Bumble bees in places with fewer flowers are sicker

Bumble bees in low-quality landscapes with fewer flowers and places for nesting have more diseases and parasites, researchers say.

Chuck Gill-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 7, 2021 ~7 min

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World map of bees could help keep them buzzing

Scientists have created the first world map of bees, which are crucial to ecosystems and crops around the world.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Nov. 24, 2020 ~4 min

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Loss of bees threatens US crop yields

Declines in populations of bees and other pollinators threatens crop yields of apples, cherries, and blueberries in the US, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~4 min

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When pollen’s scarce, bees stab plants to speed up flowering

When pollen resources are low, bumblebees damage plants to help drive more flowering so they can get more, researchers have found.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

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Spiny pollen evolved to ‘velcro’ onto bumble bees

A wild dandelion's spiny pollen has evolved to attach to traveling bumblebees, report researchers.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

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Flowering strips for bumble bees offer perks and risks

Although there are pros and cons to flowering strips for bumble bees, they're a good way to offset pollinator declines, say researchers.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Good news for pollinators: People love bees

Buzz about "murder hornets" and "killer bees" aside, people love bees. And that's a positive sign for the conservation of our pollinators, researchers say.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

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How the ‘murder hornet’ threatens honey bees

Asian giant hornets have made their way to the United States. Two experts break down what that means and what makes the pests so pesky.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~11 min

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Don’t panic about Asian giant hornets

Asian giant hornets have arrived in a small portion of the United States. "We do not know how the species arrived in the United States but it is important to not overreact."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~4 min

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To save honey bees, tinker with their microbiomes?

Genetic engineered bacteria in the guts of honey bees could pump out medicines to protect the bees against Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.

Marc Airhart-Texas • futurity
Jan. 31, 2020 ~5 min

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