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Bayer Seeking Nominations for Pollinator Award

Bayer Crop Science Division today announced it is seeking nominations for its fourth annual Bee Care Community Leadership Award. The 2016 program recognizes a partnership between a beekeeper and a...

It’s Like GoPro with the Bees!

Researchers at the University of Washington have created a sensor package that is small enough to ride aboard a bumblebee. Because insects can fly on their own, the package requires...

Communicating the Way to Coexistence

Through dialogue, change is beginning to take shape. The media may sometimes portray farmers and beekeepers as being on opposite sides, but the two groups are actually both striving for...

Bayer Looks to Support Pollinator Habitats in All 50 States

Bayer, in coordination with the new Feed a Bee steering committee, is calling for proposals to establish additional forage for pollinators in all 50 states by 2018.  This new...

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,...

Researchers Work to Help Hives Thrive

With every dollar spent on better understanding the needs of pollinators, new solutions are being developed. When examining vegetable and citrus production and the role pollinators play, two states automatically...

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...
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Protecting Pollinators: Mite Infestation

Mitey Problems Come in Small Packages While new research shows promise in helping better control mites, these small parasites continue to infest bee colonies. Many experts believe mites, particularly...
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Protecting Pollinators: On the Road for Pollinators

Road trip shines a light on projects along the Monarch Highway. Monarch butterflies travel around 3,000 miles each year on their annual migration. This summer, a team from Syngenta took...

Flower Power

Why choosing pollinator plot plants isn’t as simple as you thought. With efforts to support pollinator habitats on the rise, it’s important to consider that there is more to the...

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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Protecting Pollinators Part 5

Science and Stewardship Over the course of Seed World’s Protecting Pollinators series, we have discussed the current state of honey bee health, the many stressors impacting honey bees, as well...

Protecting Pollinators: States Take the Reign on Pollinator Health

Just as worker bees provide the hive with the substance it needs to thrive, states work to create pollinator habitat and increase awareness for an overall bigger impact in...
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EU Set to Ban Outdoor Use of Pesticides Harmful to Bees

On April 27, Member States’ representatives in a Standing Committee have backed a proposal by the European Commission to further restrict the use of three active substances (imidacloprid, clothianidin...

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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Breaking the Ice: Making Connections for Pollinator Health

Farmers and Beekeepers Plan, Communicate to Protect Bees It’s wintertime on the farm, when fields, and honey bee hives, are buried under snow and ice. But spring thaws are coming...
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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...
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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...
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Think of Honeybees as ‘Livestock’ Not Wildlife

Contrary to public perception, die-offs in honeybee colonies are an agricultural issue instead of a conservation issue, argue Cambridge researchers, who say that manged honeybees may contribute to the genuine...

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...