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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...

Young Bees are Working Themselves Into the Ground

Colony Collapse and stress behavior in honey bees might be linked

A team of international scientists may have discovered a correlation between the stress behavior of honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder.

Nicotine helps bees to fight parasites

Nectar from tobacco plant flowers reduces parasite infections in bumblebees

From scapegoat to therapy: Recent study throws a new light on the effects of nicotine on bees. The study results also open up a new perspective for nicotine-like chemicals such as neonicotinoids.

The Taming of the Bumblebee

Creating an ideal bumblebee home

Can bumblebees be managed like honey bees to give a stronger hand to the pollination mission? Scientists at the Plant & Food Research Institute in New Zealand are trying to find some of the answers.

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