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May 9, 2014 | The mysterious vanishing of honeybees from hives can be directly linked to insectcide use, according to new research from Harvard University. The scientists showed that exposure to two neonicotinoids, the world's most widely used class of insecticide, lead to half the colonies studied dying, while none of the untreated colonies saw their bees disappear.
"We demonstrated that neonicotinoids are highly likely to be responsible for triggering 'colony collapse disorder' in honeybee hives that were healthy prior to the arrival of winter," said Chensheng Lu, an expert on environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health and who led the work.
Biodiversity Boosts Crops | Research from NC State University finds that blueberries produce more seeds and larger berries if they are visited by more diverse bee species. Within the blueberry fields, the researchers identified five distinct groups of bee species: honey bees, bumble bees, southeastern blueberry bees, carpenter bees and a functionally similar collection of species that they termed small native bees.
"We think the benefit stems from differences in behavior between bee groups, in part depending on the weather," explains Dr. David Tarpy, an associate professor of entomology at NC State and co-author of the paper. For example, southeastern blueberry bees work well regardless of inclement weather, whereas honey bees only perform at their best on calm, warm, sunny days.
There is some research showing that having native, flowering plants near blueberry fields can increase native bee populations over time, but the researchers are now planning to see what role crop management can play in fostering bee diversity at crop sites.
NY TIMES | Study Finds Loss of Bees Can Affect Plants’ Ability to Reproduce
July 22, 2013 By James Gorman
You might think this is a no-brainer. With the loss of honey-bees world-wide, we will have less flowers and less fruit production. We will have fewer flowers pollinated which would produce less seeds to repopulate that variety.
Some scientist have postulated that other bee species would take over the pollination process. However, bees have areas of specialization where they select particular varieties of flowers to gather their nectar. We all know about Clover Honey and Orange Blossom Honey. But, do we really know all about the bees and how they benefit the ecology of plants?
Healing Staphysagria | HINT: A plant remedy for healing after surgery. Staphysagria: If pain persists at the site of a surgical incision or after procedures that involve the stretching of a sphincter muscle. It is also indicated after surgeries involving reproductive organs (prostate surgery, hysterectomy, C-section, episiotomy) or the abdomen, stomach, and rectum (including hemorrhoids). Staphysagria may also help after operations on traumatic injuries, such as stab or bullet wounds.
May 2013 Bee and Monsanto News | Illinois illegally seizes bees resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens