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Bees, Environment
Robotic spies among bees
Robotic spies among bees The 20th of May has been declared World Bee Day by the United Nations. Bees and wild pollinators are crucial to ecosystem biodiversity and food security, and they have been used as bioindicators of environmental pollution for decades.
When cuddly bees influence the rules Bees are perceived as cuddly animals. They appear in cartoons as friendly species. Any harm on them--whether it is potential or actual--makes people rather emotional.
Bees survival: ban more pesticides?
Bees survival: ban more pesticides? The European Commission, on 29 th April 2013, slapped a two-year ban on insecticides suspected of killing off bee colonies. This follows the European Food Safety Authority finding that they pose a high acute risk to honey bees.
Marco Lodesani: Lessons from the Italian ban on pesticides
Marco Lodesani: Lessons from the Italian ban on pesticides Marco Lodesani is the director of the honey bee and silkworm unit at the Agricultural Research Council (CRA-API) in Bologna, Italy. He coordinated Apenet , one of the first study highlighting the role of neonicotinoids in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Bees “restored to health” in Italy after this spring’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowing
Bees “restored to health” in Italy after this spring’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowing It does look like a resounding, spectacular success. During this year’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowing in Italy hardly a bee colony has been lost, bar a suspicious case where some leftover seed from last year may have been used.
No Bees No Fruits
No Bees No Fruits Scientists of the European research project ALARM (Assessing LArge scale Risks for biodiversity with tested Methods) achieved an alarming result: pollinators and insect-pollinated plants in Britain and the Netherlands are declining in parallel.