Tag Archives: Insect

Growers advised to improve pollination

Studies carried out to identify which pollinators visit which fruit crop flowers and how frequently.   With more efficient fruit pollination potentially raising productivity by 16 per cent, growers should be aware of creatures that pollinate their crops and how … Continue reading

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Swindon helps prove that bees thrive in towns and cities

THE plight of the humble bee has been well documented. Honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinating insects are under threat from some pesticides, disease and loss of habitat – our wildflower-rich grasslands, a prime habitat for pollinators, have declined … Continue reading

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Stressed bees ‘behind decline’

STRESSED young bees that are forced to grow up too fast could largely account for disastrous declines in populations of the insects around the world, research suggests. Bees usually begin foraging at two to three weeks old but when older … Continue reading

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Uber-tidy bees defend their hives from disease

For some, cleanliness is next to godliness. For honeybees, which are suffering a major decline, it’s a way of saving the hive from disaster. A naturally-occurring cleaning behaviour protects colonies from harmful parasitic mites, and breeding bees to be more hygienic … Continue reading

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Bee crisis: warmer summers will help new parasite

An exotic parasite is spreading through the world’s honey bees and global warming is making it worse, writes Robert Paxton. A new study that shows it will soon be causing widespread colony collapse in North America and Europe. All animals … Continue reading

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What has happened to the Buckfast bees of Millport

A mystery slump in the bee population on the isle of Cumbrae has left the community baffled. Estimates given suggest that upwards of tens of thousands of bees have been killed during the past year. A beekeeping group had been … Continue reading

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Global warming concern for UK bees

  Climate change threatens the survival of the UK’s honey bee population, new academic research has claimed. An exotic parasite which targets the insects is set to flourish in northern Europe if the Earth continues to warm, scientists at Queen’s … Continue reading

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New Scheme Will Pay Farmers to Protect Bees

National Pollinator Strategy Adds Incentives, But No Regulatory Changes The declining population of bees and other pollinators will be addressed by a ten-year government initiative, which may affect the way farmers manage their land. The recently-revealed National Pollinator Strategy includes … Continue reading

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Save pollinators with attractive subsidies and more bee-friendly trees

If Defra was really serious about saving pollinators, it would be greening its Smith Square roof for abundant forage.   The government’s pollinator strategy aims to encourage everyone to do their bit to help bees and other pollinators. Urging us … Continue reading

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World renowned expert warns of new threat to honey bees

Delegates at the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers’ annual conference heard of a new threat to honey bees coming from the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida). The beetle which is indigenous to Africa, was first found in the USA in … Continue reading

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