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Bees prefer Sodium-Enhanced Nectar

Sodium in Nectar Boosts Pollinator Visits Bees prefer Sodium-Enhanced Nectar, just like many humans. A groundbreaking study by researchers in the United States shows that adding sodium to floral nectar significantly increases both the frequency and diversity of pollinator visits. The study, published in Biology Letters, highlights how introducing sodium to the nectar of various…

How You Can Help to Boost Bee Populations in Spring

If you ever asked yourself how you can help to boost bee populations in spring, read on: For many people having a perfectly manicured lawn is like owning an expensive carpet. Each blade of grass is meticulously groomed to create a luxurious and clean-looking outdoor space. But is having the perfect lawn really an ambition…

Bees can Help Investigators Find Deceased Bodies of Missing People

Bees can help Investigators find deceased bodies of missing people a new study reveals. Scientists at the George Mason University in Northern Virginia, US, made a ground-breaking discovery. The institution is the newest of the country´s few body farms. A body farm is a research facility where scientists study the decomposition of humans and animals…

Bee-Inspired AI: The Future of Decision-Making

New research shows that honey bees could impact the future of AI (Artificial Intelligence). Scientists at the University of Sheffield have discovered how honeybees make swift and precise decisions. This finding that could influence the design of advanced robots and autonomous machines. The study published in the eLife journal was led by Dr HaDi MaBouDi…

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Deformed Wing Virus

Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) is a significant threat to honeybee populations worldwide. It causes severe deformities in the wings of infected honey bees, and ultimately leads to their death. This highly contagious virus is primarily transmitted by the parasitic Varroa destructor mite. The varroa mite infests honeybee colonies and feeds on bee hemolymph. In healthy,…

Bees for Pest and Disease Control

Bee Vectoring Technologies, a Canadian team of innovators, uses bees for pest and disease control. The company was recognized with awards for their revolutionary approach in precision application technology and biocontrol. Their groundbreaking idea involved using bees to transfer biological control substances to plants, providing natural protection against diseases and pests. The innovative method of…

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Pollinator Decline could kill Over 400K People Annually

Pollinator Decline could kill Over 400K People annually according to a new study by Harvard scientists. A team of scientists led by Harvard scientist Samuel Myers, recently sought to quantify this ‘pollinator yield gap’. They used data from hundreds of experimental farms across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The findings were published in the…

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First ever Vaccine against American Foulbrood

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently approved the world’s first ever vaccine against American Foulbrood (AFB) for honeybees. This offers beekeepers an effective solution to protect their colonies from American Foulbrood disease.  What is American Foulbrood Disease? American Foulbrood (AFB) is a highly contagious and dangerous bacterial disease affecting bee colonies. It is…