Protecting Pollinators: Preparing for Winter

Ensuring healthy hives for the winter season ahead isn’t just the responsibility of beekeepers. Farmers and landowners have a role to play, too. With colder temperatures on the way, it’s...

Plant-Pollinator Interactions Improve Oilseed Production and Beehive Health

When it comes to producing oilseed, the more honeybees and other pollinators that visit a flowering field of Brassica carinata, the better. This is only one of the insights South...
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Bayer Feed a Bee Initiative Reaches 50-State Milestone

Feed a Bee, the national pollinator forage initiative by Bayer, today announced it has reached its goal of awarding grants supporting diverse forage for honey bees and other...

Supporting Pollinators Might Have Big Payoff for Texas Cotton Farmers

According to a new study by The University of Texas at Austin, increasing the diversity of pollinator species, including bees, flies and butterflies, can dramatically increase cotton production. The...
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Biologists Identify Honeybee ‘Clean’ Genes Known for Improving Survival

The key to breeding disease-resistant honeybees could lie in a group of genes — known for controlling hygienic behavior — that enable colonies to limit the spread of harmful...

USDA Urged to Identify Alternatives to Neonics

The Organic Trade Association calls on the White House, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize the role of organic farming in protecting pollinator...

Protecting Pollinators: Spring Brings Stewardship

It’s never too early to start thinking about pesticide stewardship. Spring is almost in the air. The spring bloom for some specialty crops is on the horizon and the growing...

Protecting Pollinators: Building Biodiversity

Efforts pay off with long- and short-term benefits. With input costs up and crop prices down, many family farms have turned to a monoculture cropping system in an attempt to...

Deflectors Help to Reduce Dust

New research shows that the use of deflectors on planters helps to reduce pollinator exposure to dust from treated seed. With the goal of protecting pollinators from seed treatment dust...
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Protecting Pollinators: Crop Protectants and Honey Bee Health

Commercial beekeepers across North America have been witnessing losses of honey bee colonies for several years now. While neonicotinoid-based pesticides have taken much of the blame publicly, honey bee...

CAST Issues Commentary on the Science Surrounding Bee Health

A colony of healthy honeybees is like a super-organism — individual bees provide the cohesiveness and interplay among its cells and tissues by delivering pollen and nectar containing nutrients...
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Protecting Pollinators: Small Steps for a Big Impact

Seed World explores pollinator progress in post hurricane Puerto Rico. In September 2017, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands in a state of emergency. The...

Varroa Mites to Hit Honeybees Hard this Winter

The Varroa mite is expected to hit honeybee colonies especially hard this winter. There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting out in the field and investigating honeybee colonies. All right,...

Protecting Pollinators: Dust Busting

Advancements in polymers, the application process and training opportunities reduce dust from treated seed. Farming is dirty work — at the end of a long day, returning home from the...

Beekeeper Survey Shows Improved Hive Health

Late last week, the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a preliminary report that...
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Feed a Bee Partnership to Plant 50 Million Wildflowers

To celebrate the harvest season and the bounty of food served on Thanksgiving tables across the nation, thanks in part to pollinators, Bayer is expanding its Feed a Bee...

Help Phoebee, a Busy Honeybee

Even the busiest of bees need your help. Hi there, I’m Phoebee, a busy worker bee from a managed North American honeybee colony. About the size of a paperclip, I...

More Partnerships Needed from National Pollinator Strategy

According to a statement regarding yesterday's White House release of a national strategy to promote pollinator health, the American Seed Trade Association reports that it stands ready to assist...
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ARS Scientist Leads Consortium to Seek Honey Bee Disease Controls

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Steven Cook will be leading a $1 million funded international consortium of scientists to seek new controls for Varroa mites, honey bees' number one problem. Cook, with the Bee Research...
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‘Virtual Safe Space’ to Help Bumblebees

The many threats facing bumblebees can be tested using a "virtual safe space" created by scientists at the University of Exeter. Bumble-BEEHAVE provides a computer simulation of how colonies...