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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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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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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Burned pine forests are home to twice as many bees

You might think that freshly burned pine forests would have fewer resident bees. But a new study shows that's not the case.

Michelle Jewel-NC State • futurity
Jan. 30, 2020 ~4 min

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Insecticides have gotten way more toxic to honey bees

A kind of insecticide applied to corn and soy has become significantly more toxic to honey bees, but does little to benefit crops, researchers say.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Beetle in amber pollinated flowers 99M years ago

A drop of fossilized amber from a mine in northern Myanmar contains not just a beetle but also 62 grains of pollen still clinging to its legs.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~4 min

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5 ways a ‘lazy’ lawn makes pollinators happy

A scruffy lawn makes a good home for pollinators, say scientists. Here are 5 ways to make bees feel at home, plus options for those without yards.

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
June 19, 2019 ~3 min

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5 ways a ‘lazy’ lawn makes pollinators happy

A scruffy lawn makes a good home for pollinators, say scientists. Here are 5 ways to make bees feel at home, plus options for those without yards.

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
June 19, 2019 ~3 min

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