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'Honey bee health' of concern at Western Apicultural Society conference

... Honey bee specialists and native pollinator experts will ... conference provides an opportunity to learn about bee health and disease research and to interact with ... in Victoria, B.C. Besides presentations on bee health and disease research, the conference will ...

A cure for honey bee colony collapse?

... from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on ... analysed two apiaries and found evidence of honey bee colony depopulation syndrome (also known as ... causes and subsequent treatments of honey bee colony collapse is invaluable. There have been ...

American Chemical Society Weekly PressPac -- April 1, 2009

... researchers collected and analyzed hundreds of bee brains, comparing the proteins scripted by the ... clear brain proteome differences between honey bee nurse and forager subcastes with distinct social ... IMMEDIATE RELEASE "Proteomic Analysis of Honey bee Brain upon Ontogenetic and Behavioral ...

Wild bees can be effective pollinators

... Over the past few years, honey bee keepers have experienced problems due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has hurt honey bee populations, causing some growers of fruits, nuts ... direct observation, the authors identified 166 bee species, 112 of which were active during the ...

New insight into how bees see

... New research from Monash University bee researcher Adrian Dyer could lead to improved ... Dr Dyer is one of Australia's leading bee experts and his latest research shows that ... systems. "What we have shown is that the bee brain, which contains less than 1 million ...

Honey bees on cocaine dance more, changing ideas about the insect brain

... Biology , shed new light on the famous honey bee dance language, said University of Illinois ... motivated by feelings of reward. "The honey bee dance is this incredibly complex set of ... indicated that octopamine played a role in honey bee dance behavior. It also suggested a framework for ...

Social interactions can alter gene expression in the brain, and vice versa

... thousands of genes turn on or off in the honey bee brain in response to social stimuli. One such ... conditions. Robinson knew that honey bee workers start out working in the hive as nurses ... etched in the DNA in flies, this same gene in the bee might be more dynamic and help influence the ...

Building a better bee

... CALIF. A UC Davis researcher known for her honey bee line "New World Carniolans" has crossed her bees ... resistance to pests and disease," said UC Davis bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey. The Carniolan honey bee ( Apis mellifera carnica ) is a subspecies of the ...

Pesticide build-up could lead to poor honey bee health

... already in the waxy structure of the hive, and bee researchers see a problem difficult to evaluate ... this work, honey was not regularly analyzed, and bee pollen was not a commodity and so was not ... a team uniquely suited to looking at the honey bee pesticide problem because they combine a ...

Saving our bees

... an unprecedented and unexplained decline in bee populations across the U.S. and Europe has placed ... group of scientists will explore the problem of bee habitat loss at a broad scale to determine what ... honeybees from beekeeper hives, leaving behind bee larvae with no caretakers. ...

A bee's future as queen or worker may rest with parasitic fly

... guards are significantly smaller than the queen bee in a nest, although the relative size of ... flies flick their eggs into the entrance to the bee nests. Some of these eggs randomly fall into ... fly eggs the young flies are competing with the bee larva for a limited amount of food. "There is ...

Bee disease a mystery

... discovery about the transmission of a common bee virus. Deformed wing virus (DWV) is passed ... virus has been linked to the collapse of honey bee colonies in Britain. In recent years the ... to transmit several different unrelated honey bee viruses, like ...

New discovery proves 'selfish gene' exists

... reasons. For instance, in the honey bee colony, a complex social breeding system ... first time-ever, isolated a region on the honey bee genome that houses this 'selfish' gene in female ... says Thompson, who adds the completion of Honey bee Genome Project in 2006 was crucial to this ...

New bee checklist lets scientists link important information about all bee species

... of bees. They have identified nearly 19,500 bee species worldwide, about 2,000 more than ... highlighted the need for more information about bee species and their interactions with the plants ... of Natural History in New York. "Only about 500 bee species produce honey. Most species, however, do ...

Bee species outnumber mammals and birds combined

... Scientists have discovered that there are more bee species than previously thought. In the first global accounting of bee species in over a hundred years, John S. Ascher, ... distribution maps for more than 19,200 described bee species, showcasing the diversity of these ...

Bees disease -- 1 step closer to finding a cure

... a new mechanism of infection for the most fatal bee disease. American Foulbrood (AFB) is the only ... Paenibacillus larvae in the organ cavity of honey bee larvae. The accepted view was that the bacteria ... preferentially at either end of the gut of honey bee larvae then make holes in the gut wall and enter ...

Haagen-Dazs gift to support Penn State honeybee research

... $100,000 to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey bee Research Facility at the University of ... also has created the Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream bee Board, an advisory group of university scientists ... play a role to make the hive successful," said bee Board member Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Penn State ...

Bee strategy helps servers run more sweetly

... and no central command after all, the queen bee is too busy laying eggs to oversee something as ... servers faced with similar challenges. A bee dance-inspired communications system developed by ... until the dancing slowly tapers off or a new bee returns with a more appealing dance routine (Hey, ...

Colony collapse disorder symposium added to ESA Annual Meeting

... possible factors that may have caused honey bee deaths since 2006, such as pathogens, parasites, ... will introduce many of the areas of concern for bee health and Colony Collapse Disorder, and it ... what causes are underlying declines in honey bee health. Many of these approaches are applicable ...

For honey bee queens, multiple mating makes a difference

... The success of the reign of a honey bee queen appears to be determined to a large degree ... genomics, found that the number of times a honey bee queen mates is a key factor in determining how ... online scientific journal PLoS ONE . A honey bee queen mates early in her life, Tarpy explained, ...

Wasp genetics study suggests altruism evolved from maternal behavior

... today online in Science Express. Like honey bee workers, wasp workers give up their reproductive ... in the evolution of eusocial behavior. The honey bee colony, in which queens never perform maternal ... gene fragments to sequences from the honey bee genome, which has been fully sequenced. This ...

First orchid fossil puts showy blooms at some 80 million years old

... ancient fossilized remains of a pollen-bearing bee as the first hint of orchids in the fossil ... than many scientists had estimated. The extinct bee they studied, preserved in amber with a mass of ... 15- to 20-million-year-old specimen of a worker bee carrying orchid pollinia, recovered by a private ...

Live-in domestics: Mites as maids in tropical rainforest sweat bee nests

... from nests with and without mites. "When we took away the mites, the bee nests got dirtier. When we added mites, fungus counts went down. It is ... In return, the mites receive a clean, dry home, fungus to eat and free bee rides to new nests. ...

Team approach appears to work best for insect colonies

... appear to echo the insect worlds portrayed in the animated films Antz and bee Movie, in which the characters live in rigidly conformist societies. ... is when the group's behaviour is controlled by a form of policing in honey bee hives, for example, any egg not laid by the queen is destroyed by worker ...

Researchers discover that growing up too fast may mean dying young in honey bees

... approximately 3 weeks of age. Each day after this transition, a foraging bee (which weighs only 80 mg, or roughly equivalent to a breath mint) will on ... these changes did not occur or were muted in forager head tissues and hive bee flight muscles and head tissues. The diurnal upregulation of ...

Springer bee expert Juergen Tautz wins prize for public communication

... Buzz About Bees, a fascinating treatise looking at all aspects of bees and bee colonies. The Buzz about Bees features over 200 lush, color photographs ... bees, honeycombs, and hives and was published in May 2008. The magazine bee Culture wrote: "The most up-to-date honeybee biology book I've ever seen. ...

Honeybee researcher to unravel properties governing lifespan with support from Norway

... is to unlock how the protein can have pleiotropic effects on honey bee social organization which also may open a window onto mechanisms that enabled honey bee social life to emerge. Amdam and Seehuus will both exploit the ...

A young brain for an old bee

... tasks, they discovered that they learning performance improved again, demonstrating a remarkable plasticity in their brain circuits. "The honey bee is a great model", explains Dr. Scheiner, "because we can learn a lot about social organisation from it and because it allows us to revert ...

When industrious ants go too far

... Nature is full of mutually beneficial arrangements between organismslike the relationship between flowering plants and their bee pollinators. But sometimes these blissful relationships have a dark side, as Harvard biologist Megan Frederickson describes in an article for the May ...

Flight of the bumble (and honey) bee

... Research Center in Carbondale. According to Walters, the study indicated that the evaluation of pollen flow showed a definite pattern of bee movement and gene migration in watermelon. "Although we detected pollinator movement that was strongly directional in both directions (east and west) ...

Honeybees succumb to cocaine's allure

... it targets to find out more about the mechanisms involved in human addiction and to find out whether the drug has as devastating an effect on honey bee society as it does on human society. ...

Acoustical Meeting, Nov. 10-14, 2008 in Miami, Florida

... advantage that likely explains why moths turn tail when they hear a bat's chirp. Ultrasonic surveillance could later be used to listen to a bee hive or an ant colony without disturbing their natural behavior. This could reveal new forms of insect communication that have so far been unobserved ...

Bee smart, bee healthy

... strength of their immune response, so there was no evidence for an evolutionary trade-off between these traits. Dr Raine adds: "Once again the humble bee is proving more complex than most people thought. These essential pollinators learn many things in short their life and fight off a range of ...

EMBO recognizes German zoologist for public communication

... also Arabic, Chinese and Korean versions joined the list. His three-minute trailer about the life of honeybees preceding the Dreamworks blockbuster bee Movie was shown at about 10,000 screenings in more than 80 theatres throughout Germany. "The honeybee is the perfect lever especially to reach the ...

Wasps and bumble bees heat up, fly faster with protein-rich food

... a metabolic response to nutritious food, both research teams conclude. Such similar responses found in two distantly related species a bumble bee and a yellowjacket wasp whose ancestral lines diverged millions of years ago suggest that the behavior is an ancestral trait. Bumble bees, but not ...

Viruses evolve to play by host rules, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers

... their own genes in the same way the bacterium does, obeying the rules of its host and demonstrating co-evolutionary behavior. Like a bee and a flower, an example of co-evolution between two large organisms, the same fundamental biological processes operate between two small organisms, ...

4 GBIF-endorsed campaigns underway

... Five major information products are proposed: A World Checklist of Bees and other Pollinating Species, Searchable Digitized Records from Major bee Collections and Observation Programs Information on Plant and Pollinator Associations Pollinator Identification Capability Status and ...

454 Sequencing uncovers a genetic basis for different social behaviors in wasp

... Biology and Director of the Neuroscience Program at the University of Illinois. We used 454 Sequencing, together with the recently sequenced honey bee genome, to rapidly bring genomics to a model social organism, the wasp. This research is an early example of the utility of 454 sequencing for ...

Old developmental pathways spawn revolutionary evolutionary changes

... for caste fate was the ancestral protein kinase TOR (target of rapamycin), which had become the transducer of the signal determining if a honey bee larva grows to be worker or queen. The fact that workers and queens can emerge from ancestral pathways in both complex and more primitive social ...

Newly created cancer stem cells could aid breast cancer research

... CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (August 13, 2007) In some ways, certain tumors resemble bee colonies, says pathologist Tan Ince. Each cancer cell in the tumor plays a specific role, and just a fraction of the cells serve as queens, ...
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