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Honeydew: the sweet that can become toxic

Recent studies have demonstrated that insect populations are in decline. These declines represent serious concern because of the valuable ecosystem services provided by beneficial insects, such as pollination, biological control, nutrient cycling, and providing food sources to higher trophic levels in the food web. One... click to read more

  • Miguel Calvo-Agudo | PhD student at Centro de Protección Vegetal y Biotecnología, Unidad Mixta Gestión Biotecnológica de Plagas, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias, Moncada, Spain
  • Alejandro Tena | Researcher at Centro de Protección Vegetal y Biotecnología, Unidad Mixta Gestión Biotecnológica de Plagas, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias, Moncada, Spain
Views 999
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 5, 2020
Viruses are spilling over from managed honey bees to wild bumble bees

If you are a concerned environmentalist, or even a food-lover (bees produce every three bites of food you eat), you might have considered becoming a beekeeper to help "save the bees". For most, "bees" conjure up an image of a striped yellow and black insect,... click to read more

  • Samantha A. Alger | Assistant Research Professor at Biology Department, University of Vermont, Marsh Life Sciences, Burlington, VT, USA
Views 1455
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 13, 2020
The busy life of urban bees: a conservation opportunity

Insects such as bees and hoverflies are important pollinators of many wildflowers and crop species. The global value of the services provided by pollinators for crop production is estimated at between US$235 billion and US$577 billion per year. There has been a lot of publicity... click to read more

  • Katherine Baldock | Senior Lecturer at Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Views 1615
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 17, 2019
The use of neonicotinoid pesticides affects wild bee populations

Bees are more than honey-makers. They pollinate crops and hence are key elements in our food production. Honeybees, wild bee species such as bumblebees and solitary bees, butterflies, wasps, and flies, all provide an invaluable work of pollination. In fact, a third of the food... click to read more

  • Maria Sentandreu | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 2765
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 10, 2016
A dangerous habit: bees prefer pesticide-contaminated nectar

The impact of pesticides on pollinators is an important factor for the future of world food security, as well as a hotly debated and controversial topic. Pollinating insects like bees help to increase the yields of many food crops but, in doing so, are inadvertently... click to read more

  • Sébastien Kessler | Research Associate at Institute of Neuroscience, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Views 3319
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 12, 2016