A natural, sustainable alternative to pesticides that targets specific pests, without harming beneficial pollinators such as honeybees, is being developed with the help of researchers from the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield. Working in collaboration with industry partner and leading agricultural company, Syngenta, experts at the institute are […]

The caterpillars form big clumps and nests on oak trees GETTY IMAGES Germany and the Netherlands are battling many infestations of oak processionary caterpillars, whose tiny toxic hairs can trigger allergic reactions and skin irritation. The mild winter and warm spring this year boosted caterpillar numbers. In Louvain, Belgium, firefighters […]

To help draw bees’ attention, flowers that are pollinated by bees have typically evolved to send very strong colour signals. Shutterstock Walking through our gardens in Australia, we may not realise that buzzing around us is one of our greatest natural resources. Bees are responsible for pollinating about a third […]