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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.
Reducing pesticides and boosting harvests
Reducing pesticides and boosting harvests Scientists in Northern Italy are experimenting with unusual and totally eco-friendly sound and odor devices to fight off insects from their cultivated fields .
Free ecosystem services for better crops
Free ecosystem services for better crops Ecosystem services are free, but often hidden. They include pollination and killing of crop pests by beneficial insects. Now, QuESSA , an EU-funded research project, due to be completed in 2017, will try and increase the visibility of such services.
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).
Secret Life of Bees Now a Little Less Secret Now ecologists have produced experimental evidence that flowering plants might also use chemical defences to protect their pollen from some bees. The results are published next week in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology.
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.
"Bee mortality has never be so high all over the world at the same time"
"Bee mortality has never be so high all over the world at the same time" As president of UNAAPI, the Italian Beekeepers Association, Francesco Panella is one of the most impassionate opposers of neonicotinoids and other synthetic pesticides, whether they are used as seed coating or sprayed on groves, as he blames them for weakening the bees’ immune system.
World relies on endangered bees for 153 billion euros
World relies on endangered bees for 153 billion euros Precious insect pollinators hold an almighty 153 billion euros worldwide on their industrious wings for the main crops that feed the planet every year. If they all disappeared overnight, so would 9.
"Bees go mad and become lost because of neonicotinoid dispersion"
"Bees go mad and become lost because of neonicotinoid dispersion" Dr. Moreno Greatti, from the Department of Plant Biology and Protection at the University of Udine in Italy, is the author of a pivotal study on the dispersion of seed coating particles containing neonicotinoids into the air and along field borders during maize sowing.
Italy keeps ban on neonicotinoid seed coating to save bees
Italy keeps ban on neonicotinoid seed coating to save bees Tens of thousands of them don’t even manage to get back to their apiary. Disoriented, they lose the way home and die.
"Massive bee loss coincided overwhelmingly with maize sowing"
"Massive bee loss coincided overwhelmingly with maize sowing" The local government of the Piedmont region listened carefully to the beekeepers’ complaints, says Giacomo Michelatti, head of the region’s agrochemical control department.
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.