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New UK Pollinator Strategy in the Making

Public consultation organized by UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

The British Government has published a consultation document which sets out a proposed strategy to protect pollinating insects in the UK

Flower Power

New scientific study shows that blooming strips can increase pollinator diversity

The 2013 results of the “Pollinator Diversity Project in Southwestern Germany” are out and provide scientific evidence of the power of flower strips. The test plots, ecologically enhanced with an abundant supply of wild flowers, show a steep increase in both the range o...

Overwintering Bees in the unpredictable Scottish Weather

New government study on the health of local honey bee colonies

Long, cold winters and wet summers go a long way to explaining bee losses in Scotland, says a recent study covering the past two winter seasons. The good news is: disease control and good nutrition give bees a head start in the survival game.

Honey bee diseases threaten wild bumblebees

New report highlights interspecies transmission of pathogens

Wild pollinators such as the bumblebee are in global decline. Recent studies suggest that one cause may be a spill-over of pathogens from managed pollinators like honey bees.

Neonics & thriving Honey Bees: an Australian Reality

Australian Government report says neonics reduce risk to agricultural environment

The Australian regulator authority, APVMA, has recently published its 2014 overview report titled “Neonicotinoids and the Health of Honey Bees in Australia”. Their conclusion: The number of Australian honeybee populations is stable, despite the increased use of the neon...

“Varroa Summit“ seeks coordinated strategies to beat parasite

US Department of Agriculture draws together up-to-date expertise on Varroa

About 75 scientists and stakeholders convened in Riverdale in the US to discuss ideas for developing and implementing effective Varroa mite management strategies.

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