Pollination http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/36667/all en World agriculture suffers from loss of wild bees: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/world-agriculture-suffers-loss-wild-bees-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Falling numbers of wild bees and other pollinating insects are hurting global agriculture, a study released on Thursday found.</p> <p>Managed populations of pollinators are less effective at fertilizing plants than wild ones, the researchers said, so the dearth of pollinating insects cannot be solved by simply introducing others.</p> <p>"Adding more honey bees often does not fix this problem, but... increased service by wild insects would help," said Lawrence Harder, a scientist with the University of Calgary in Canada, which led the study.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/world-agriculture-suffers-loss-wild-bees-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Plant reproduction Pollination Technology AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:32:15 +0000 5770123 at http://www.globalpost.com Bees on caffeine buzz pollinate better: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/bees-caffeine-buzz-pollinate-better-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Turns out that bees, too, get a buzz off caffeine. It boosts their memory and makes them better pollinators, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science.</p> <p>Honeybees fed a sugar solution containing caffeine, which exists naturally in the nectar of coffee and citrus flowers, were three times more likely to remember a flower's scent than those feeding on just sugar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/bees-caffeine-buzz-pollinate-better-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Plant reproduction Pollination AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 19:45:38 +0000 5776443 at http://www.globalpost.com UK designers Westwood, Hamnett join campaign to save bees http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130426/designers-westwood-hamnett-join-campaign-save-bees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - Top British fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett joined bee campaigners outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Friday to urge the government to support a proposed European Union (EU) ban on pesticides which harm bees.</p> <p>Britain is currently one of a group of countries blocking attempts to introduce a Europe-wide ban on the world's most widely used insecticides, neonicotinoids, arguing their impact on bees is unclear.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130426/designers-westwood-hamnett-join-campaign-save-bees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Beekeeping Disaster Pollination Thomson Reuters Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:45:03 +0000 5826102 at http://www.globalpost.com Bees: Nature's little helpers under threat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/bees-natures-little-helpers-under-threat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bees play a key role in human food production, pollinating more than two-thirds of the world's 100 most important crop species and providing a free service valued at tens of billions of euros.</p> <p>They account for about 80 percent of pollination by insects, say agriculture agencies. Without bees, many plant and animal species would disappear and farmers would be left to fertilise crops by hand.</p> <p>Yet bee numbers have slumped in Europe and the United States in the past 15-odd years due to a worrying phenomenon dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/bees-natures-little-helpers-under-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Plant reproduction Pollination Technology AFP Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:16:38 +0000 5827855 at http://www.globalpost.com Decline in U.S. honeybee population endangers many crops http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130508/decline-us-honeybee-population-endangers-many-crops <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Washington, May 7 (EFE).- The population of honeybees in the United States declined by 31 percent last winter, a situation that endangers a number of crops requiring bees for pollination, the Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.</p> <p>A study released by the federal agency warned that the survival rate of bee colonies is too low to ensure that pollination needs are met for U.S. crops.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130508/decline-us-honeybee-population-endangers-many-crops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Plant reproduction Pollination Technology Agencia EFE Wed, 08 May 2013 07:54:26 +0000 5833273 at http://www.globalpost.com Revealed: Secret of bees' honeycomb http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130716/revealed-secret-bees-honeycomb <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>For thousands of years, thinkers have marvelled at the feat of engineering that is the honeycomb.</p> <p>Each waxy cell is a perfect hexagon, its six wafer-thin sides providing not only strength to the honeycomb structure but also the smartest way to store honey.</p> <p>"By virtue of a certain geometrical forethought... (bees) know that the hexagon is greater than the square and the triangle and will hold more honey for the same expenditure of material in constructing each," wrote a 4th-century Greek geometer, Pappus of Alexandria.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130716/revealed-secret-bees-honeycomb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Geometry Pollination Technology AFP Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:39:32 +0000 5885805 at http://www.globalpost.com Stinky corpse flower blooms in Washington http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130722/stinky-corpse-flower-blooms-washington <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A towering plant that smells like rotting meat and is native to the Indonesian rainforest is in full bloom in the US capital, drawing throngs of tourists, officials said Monday.</p> <p>The titan arum, among the world's largest plants, began blooming on Sunday at the United States Botanic Garden, and its petals are expected to stay open for just 24 to 48 hours.</p> <p>"Then it will collapse quickly," said the Botanic Garden, which is broadcasting the flower and the camera-raising crowds it is drawing live on the Internet.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130722/stinky-corpse-flower-blooms-washington" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Botany Pollination Technology AFP Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:03:58 +0000 5890448 at http://www.globalpost.com Cool summer temps hamper bees' honey production in Dakotas, effect on prices remains unknown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130821/cool-summer-temps-hamper-bees-honey-production-dakotas-effec <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUCE, S.D. - South Dakota honey producer Richard Adee pulls a rectangular beehive frame from an extracting machine and points to a bell curve-shaped pattern of honey and wax.</p> <p>In a good year, the frame would be full.</p> <p>Adee Honey Farms in Bruce will extract and ship about 5 million pounds of honey this year, off from what Adee considers a good year of about 8 million pounds.</p> <p>"We're on the tail end of the summer and it's definitely going to be a short crop," he said this week.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130821/cool-summer-temps-hamper-bees-honey-production-dakotas-effec" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Plant reproduction Pollination The Canadian Press Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:15:35 +0000 5914605 at http://www.globalpost.com Beehives flourish on German art museum's roof http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130827/beehives-flourish-german-art-museums-roof <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Frankfurt, Aug 27 (EFE).- Artificial beehives flourish on the roof of Frankfurt's Museum of Modern Art, an art project that shows once more that beekeeping in big cities is all the fashion.</p> <p>In other cities like New York and Tokyo, similar beekeeping, honey-producing projects can be found on the roofs of famous hotels.</p> <p>The Jumeirah chain of luxury hotels also has on the terraces of its skyscrapers in Frankfurt a number of beehives that produce honey for their guests' breakfasts.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130827/beehives-flourish-german-art-museums-roof" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Plant reproduction Pollination Agencia EFE Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:45:48 +0000 5918905 at http://www.globalpost.com Diesel exhaust pollution may disrupt honeybee foraging http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131003/diesel-exhaust-pollution-may-disrupt-honeybee-foraging <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kate Kelland</p> <p>LONDON (Reuters) - Exposure to pollution from diesel exhaust fumes can disrupt honeybees' ability to recognize the smells of flowers and could in future affect pollination and global food security, researchers said on Thursday.</p> <p>In a study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, scientists from Britain's University of Southampton found that the fumes change the profile of the floral odors that attract bees to forage from one flower to the next.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131003/diesel-exhaust-pollution-may-disrupt-honeybee-foraging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Plant reproduction Pollination Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:07:43 +0000 5950783 at http://www.globalpost.com Millions of bees swarm Georgia interstate after truck overturns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131104/millions-bees-swarm-georgia-interstate-after-truck-overturns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ATLANTA (Reuters) - An overturned tractor-trailer let loose millions of honeybees on Sunday and left a sticky mess on a major highway south of Atlanta, after hitting a guardrail and spilling its cargo of hives and honey.</p> <p>"It looked like there was a rain cloud around everybody," Monroe County Emergency Management Agency director Matthew Perry said on Monday. "There was a giant mound of honeycomb and bees."</p> <p>A portion of Interstate 75 was closed briefly, and clean-up of the honey and swarming bees took 15 hours, Perry said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131104/millions-bees-swarm-georgia-interstate-after-truck-overturns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Plant reproduction Pollination Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Nov 2013 19:05:27 +0000 5979722 at http://www.globalpost.com Benefit of bees even bigger than thought: food study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131203/benefit-bees-even-bigger-thought-food-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bees have a much greater economic value than is widely known, according to a scientific probe into strawberry-growing published on Wednesday.</p> <p>Strawberries pollinated by bees were of far higher commercial value than fruit that was self-pollinated or pollinated by the wind.</p> <p>They were heavier, firmer and redder and had a longer shelf life, researchers in Germany found.</p> <p>Bees are under threat from hive "collapse", a disorder that some have linked to pesticides and pollution.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131203/benefit-bees-even-bigger-thought-food-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Plant reproduction Pollination AFP Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:47:26 +0000 6008272 at http://www.globalpost.com Wanted: Billions of bees for European farms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140108/wanted-billions-bees-european-farms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Many countries in Europe face a worrying lack of crop-pollinating honeybees, a problem caused mainly by an EU policy shift in favour of biofuels, scientists warned on Wednesday.</p> <p>"Europe as a whole only has two-thirds of the honeybee colonies it needs, with a deficit of more than 13.4 million colonies -- equivalent to around seven billion bees," they said.</p> <p>Researchers at the University of Reading in southern England compared the number of beehives in 41 European countries with pollination demand from 2005 to 2010.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140108/wanted-billions-bees-european-farms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Business Disaster Plant reproduction Pollination Technology AFP Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:17:49 +0000 6038367 at http://www.globalpost.com Wanted: Billions of bees for European farms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140108/wanted-billions-bees-european-farms-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Many countries in Europe face a worrying lack of crop-pollinating honeybees, a problem caused mainly by an EU policy shift in favour of biofuels, scientists warned on Wednesday.</p> <p>"Europe as a whole only has two-thirds of the honeybee colonies it needs, with a deficit of more than 13.4 million colonies -- equivalent to around seven billion bees," they said.</p> <p>Researchers at the University of Reading in southern England compared the number of beehives in 41 European countries with pollination demand from 2005 to 2010.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140108/wanted-billions-bees-european-farms-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Business Disaster Plant reproduction Pollination Technology AFP Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:17:49 +0000 6038368 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian scientists microchip bees to map movements, halt diseases http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140115/australian-scientists-microchip-bees-map-movements-halt-disease <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Thuy Ong</p> <p>SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists are gluing tiny sensors onto thousands of honey bees to track their movements in a trial aimed at halting the spread of diseases that have wiped out populations in the northern hemisphere.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140115/australian-scientists-microchip-bees-map-movements-halt-disease" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beekeeping Plant reproduction Pollination Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:15:58 +0000 6043461 at http://www.globalpost.com