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May 10, 2019

 

Installing A New Package Of Bees

For many beekeepers, spring is the time for installing new packages of bees.

February 28, 2019

 

Beekeeping One Answer To West Virginia’s High Unemployment Rates

The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is battling unemployment in 15 West Virginia counties by training new beekeepers and providing free or low-cost equipment to get them started.

February 26, 2019

 

Massive Loss Of Hives Afflicts Orchard Growers And Beekeepers

Honey bees deal with many stressors: chemicals, climate change and viruses. But this year, a tiny mite has wiped out colonies, causing worry over whether there are enough bees left to do their jobs.

January 30, 2019

 

Out-Of-Work Coal Miners Train As Beekeepers To Earn Extra Cash

In West Virginia, mining jobs have been declining for years, and there have been few other options to make a living. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is hoping to help turn that around.

December 17, 2018

 

World’s First Insect Vaccine Could Help Bees Fight Deadly Disease

American foulbrood is an infectious disease that devastates honeybee hives. Scientists say they've created a vaccine for it, despite a big hurdle: Bees don't have antibodies.

September 7, 2018

 

Study Finds New Pesticides As Harmful To Bees As Neonicotinoids

A study found that sulfoximine-based insecticides - an alternative to neonicotinoid-based pesticides - have similar impacts on bee colony growth and reproduction.

July 12, 2018

 

Native Bees And Alfalfa Farmers — A Seedy Love Story

Northwest farmers produce a quarter of the country's alfalfa seeds, but they get help from millions of alkali bees, thanks to one of the most unique agricultural partnerships in the country.

November 10, 2017

 

To Protect Pollinators, Researchers Look To Land For Answers

Neonicotinoids threaten bee populations, but instead of limiting their use, researchers look to evergreens and prairie strips for minimizing the threat.

October 27, 2017

 

Genetic Advances In Sunflowers May Mean Future Profits

Self-pollination is a trait that'll be increasingly important to sunflower farmers as wild bee populations diminish.

September 16, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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