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Back the bees and friends: Big agriculture has the chance to help or hinder our most important pollinators, research argues

Posted by External 50 days ago General
https://www.sciencedaily.com — New research has identified future threats to, and opportunities for insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles that pollinate wild flowers and crops. 35% of global crop production, and 85% of wild flowering plants rely on hard-working pollinators to thrive. Researchers are therefore calling for proactive prevention not reactive mitigation, and continuation of positive steps to reduce chemical use acr Read More
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Two neonicotinoid insecticides may have inadvertent contraceptive effects on male honey bees

Posted by External 63 days ago General
https://www.sciencedaily.com — Male honey bees, called drones, can be affected by two neonicotinoid insecticides by reducing male honey bee lifespan and number of living sperm. Both insecticides are currently partially banned in Europe. Now researchers are calling for more thorough environmental risk assessments of these neonicotinoids. Read More
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Bees' ability to forage decreases as air pollution increases

Posted by External 84 days ago General
http://www.enn.com — Air pollutants interact with and break down plant-emitted scent molecules, which insect pollinators use to locate needed food, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State. The pollution-modified plant odors can confuse bees and, as a result, bees' foraging time increases and pollination efficiency decreases. This happens because the chemical interactions decrease both the scent molec Read More
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Bees' ability to forage decreases as air pollution increases

Posted by External 84 days ago General
https://www.sciencedaily.com — Air pollutants interact with and break down plant-emitted scent molecules, which insect pollinators use to locate needed food, according to a team of researchers. The pollution-modified plant odors can confuse bees and, as a result, bees' foraging time increases and pollination efficiency decreases. This happens because the chemical interactions decrease both the scent molecules' life spans and t Read More
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Rising carbon dioxide levels reduce protein in crucial pollen source for bees

Posted by External 168 days ago General
https://www.sciencedaily.com — Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have reduced protein in goldenrod pollen, a key late-season food source for North American bees, a new study shows. Read More
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Ground-nesting bees on farms lack food, grow smaller

Posted by External 188 days ago General
https://www.sciencedaily.com — The size of a common ground-nesting bee -- an important crop pollinator -- has grown smaller in heavily farmed landscapes, a new study has found. The study points out yet another potential threat to pollinators, along with mites, pesticides and loss of habitat. Read More
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