A microscopic view of spiny pollen from a native wild dandelion species in the southern Rocky Mountains. Credit: University of Missouri University of Missouri researchers discover wildflower’s spiny pollen adapts to help plants reproduce. Have pollen. Must travel. Over 80% of the world’s flowering plants must reproduce in order to […]

Flowering strip plants like sunflowers can help increase bee reproduction, according to a new study. Credit: Photo courtesy of Ben Barnhart Flowering strips – pollinator-friendly rows of plants that increase foraging habitat for bees – can help offset pollinator decline but may also bring risks of higher pathogen infection rates […]

Bees visit pollinator-independent almond blossoms. Credit: Drs. Saez and Negri Pollination by bees is vital even when crops are assumed to be pollinator independent. That’s according to a study co-authored by Ethel Villalobos, a researcher in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Department of Plant […]

Bumblebee foraging on a flower. Credit: Tara Cox / Imperial College London Pesticides can impair brain growth in baby bumblebees, affecting their ability to perform a simple learning task as adults, according to a new study. Imperial College London researchers used micro-CT scanning technology to reveal how specific parts of […]

The Common Eastern Bumble Bee, Bombus Impatiens. Credit: Antoine Morin University of Ottawa researchers develop technique to predict impact of climate change on species extinction risk. When you were young, were you the type of child who would scour open fields looking for bumble bees? Today, it is much harder […]

One wasp species has evolved the ability to recognize individual faces among their peers, signaling an evolution in how they have learned to work together. One wasp species has evolved the ability to recognize individual faces among their peers — something that most other insects cannot do — signaling an […]

A new study finds that pollination is better in cities than in the countryside. Plants Benefit From More Bees, Especially Bumble Bees Flowering plants are better pollinated in urban than in rural areas. This has now been demonstrated experimentally by a team of scientists led by the German Centre for […]

Researchers found that insecticide toxicity has increased in the last 20 years. Credit: Nick Sloff, Penn State Researchers discover that neonicotinoid seed treatments are driving a dramatic increase in insecticide toxicity in U.S. agricultural landscapes, despite evidence that these treatments have little to no benefit in many crops. During the […]