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September 16, 2017

 

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Why Some Honeybees Will Never Be Royals

That stings! A new study suggests that genetic material in the pollen-rich diets of worker bee larvae ensures that they never grow up to be queens.

August 17, 2017

 

Tim Reinbott

How Will Eclipse Affect Crops And Livestock, Researchers Ask

Researcher Tim Reinbott says he’s eager to see how drought-stressed corn and soybean plants react to the change in light and temperature brought by the eclipse.

August 7, 2017

 

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No Offense, American Bees, But Your Sperm Isn’t Cutting It

One of the major threats to U.S. bees is the varroa mite. Researchers are importing sperm from European bees resistant to mites to toughen up America's stock.

July 5, 2017

 

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Can Bee Buzzes Predict Pollination Success For Farmers?

A new technique based on recording buzzing bees hopes to show farmers just how much pollinating the native bee population is doing in their fields.

July 5, 2017

 

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Study: Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere

A new study conducted across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby, but the damage depends on local conditions.

May 31, 2017

 

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Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

Two scientists agree that pesticide-laden dust from planting equipment kills bees, but they're proposing different solutions.

March 13, 2017

 

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Planet Money, Episode 756: The Bees Go To California

Every spring convoys of trucks arrive in almond orchards carrying bees. But why make the 2,000 mile trek instead of raising bees right in central California?

February 27, 2017

 

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Could A Bumblebee Learn To Play Fetch? Probably

Scientists found that bumblebees are nimble learners, especially when there's a sugary reward at the end. No wonder they're such good pollinators.

February 20, 2017

 

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Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees

A new study has found that fungi-destroying chemicals may make it harder for bees to metabolize their food. And if they can't get energy, they can't fly.

January 19, 2017

 

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GOP Takes Aim At Endangered Species Act

GOP leaders have announced their intentions to roll back the Endangered Species Act, saying, "it has never been used for the rehabilitation of species."

January 3, 2017

 

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Battles Over Farm, Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy, but the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.

December 2, 2016

 

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Science Says Bee Brood Is Good Grub

A new study makes the case for using bee grubs wasted in honey farming as a protein-rich food source for the future.

October 19, 2016

 

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Cut Down On Bee-Killing Pesticides? Easier Said Than Done

In Canada, the province of Ontario is trying to crack down on pesticides called "neonics," with mixed results.

October 4, 2016

 

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Bees Added To U.S. Endangered Species List For 1st Time

Seven species of the yellow-faced bee, which is the only bee native to Hawaii, have been designated as endangered.

September 13, 2016

 

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Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonics, Promising Aid To Bees

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees.

May 19, 2016

 

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Buzzkill: Surveys Say Bee Colonies Continue To Decline

According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service survey, varroa mites were the top colony stressor for beekeeping operations with five or more colonies.

April 13, 2016

 

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Garden Giant Ditches Class Of Pesticides That May Harm Bees

Ortho is part of the Miracle-Gro family. The company says it decided to phase out neonics from its home and garden products.

December 26, 2015

 

Ellie Symes at beehive at hilltop garden and nature center

Nurturing A Dying Beehive Through Its Final Season

Ellie Symes tries to keep her emotions out of her beekeeping, but it's never easy to watch a hive struggle.

November 30, 2015

 

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In The Fields, A Search For Monarch Butterflies

An Iowa State University report estimated an 81% decline in the Midwest monarch population 1999-2010, with a 58% decline in milkweed presence at the same time.

May 21, 2015

 

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White House Releases Strategy To Save Bees

The White House's plan outlines how to save habitat and promote research. Some environmentalists wonder if it goes far enough to protect pollinators.

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