The joint study produced by researchers at the University of London, England, the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland, and the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, shows that sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides changes the interaction between bumblebees and wildflowers in a number of ways, a result which the study’s authors say should be factored into future pesticide risk assessments.
We depend on pollinating insects like bees for the majority of food we eat; yet over 40% of the world’s species face extinction. These were among the findings on the first global assessment of the state of the world’s pollinators which has been published following a week-long international meeting in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
There are an estimated 2.74 million honeybee colonies kept by beekeepers in the United States. It’s a number that, for much of the last decade, has been the subject of much consternation each spring, when researchers announce how many colonies were lost—died off—over the past winter.
Confession is good for the soul, they say, so let me confess some apiary sins: Three times over the past decade, my family beehive has failed to survive the winter.
That’s at least 100,000 insects who have gone to meet their maker under the Brooks family watch.
Bees pollinate a third of everything we eat and play a vital role in sustaining the planet’s ecosystems. Some 84% of the crops grown for human consumption – around 400 different types of plants – need bees and other insects to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality.
Page 3 Article: Researchers at the University of Guelph in collaboration with industry colleagues have shown that pollinating bees can effectively deliver organic biological control agents to the flowers of strawberry plants on a field scale. It was further demonstrated that the delivered agents can strongly suppress strawberry flower blights, fruit rots and insect pests in the field.
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