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Royal gut bacteria in splendid isolation

US research team has published first comprehensive analysis of queen bee gut community

New research finds that queen bee gut bacteria are distinct from worker bees. This is good news for commercial beekeepers who replace their queens from outside genetic sources.

Can bees do maths?

A new outlook on bee intelligence

Have bees got feelings? Can they count? Or dream? Or think logically? Bee researcher Randolf Menzel has been studying the bee brain for five decades and has come up with some surprising insights.

Wanted: stress mitigators for pollinators

Helping bees and pollinators can be easier than you think

Multiple stress factors are responsible for bee decline, says Dave Goulson from the University of Sussex. To help the bees, he suggests stress mitigators, such as flower-rich habitats and sustainable farming methods. Bayer has been actively promoting such measures for s...

High Winter Losses of Honey Bees

Experts fear that 30 percent of the honey bee colonies might not have survived

Apiarists estimate that one third of the German honey bee population may not survive the winter. The dramatic loss became apparent in autumn 2014, as the Varroa infestation was very high last year.

Bees need Food and a Home

Pollinators help us and, together, we can help them

Why do bees matter and what can we do to keep them healthy? A sketch video by the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) provides some of the answers.

A Hard Life for Bees

Canadian Sentinel Hive Study

Bayer researchers, contract scientists and beekeepers studied beehives for two consecutive years during a large-scale field study. The results of the Canadian Sentinel Hive Study show: Viruses are ubiquitous – their impact on hive health and vigor merits greater attenti...

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