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Study finds honey bees death rates are lower than feared in Europe

By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees found death rates were lower than feared, in part countering concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects. The study of 32,000 bee colonies across 17 EU…

Nearly a third of honey bee colonies died in U.S. last winter

Nearly a third of the honey bee colonies in the United States died this past winter, sharply higher proportion than a year ago, according to an official report released Tuesday. The US population of managed honey bee colonies fell by 31.1 percent in the October 2012-April 2013 period, said the…

Scientists call for global ban on bee-killing pesticides

How valuable are bees? In the UK, about £1.8bn a year, according to new research on the cost of hand-pollinating the many crops bees service for free. If that sounds a far-fetched scenario, consider two facts. First, bees are in severe decline. Half the UK’s honey bees kept in managed…

Pesticides harm bee populations: study

A commonly used type of pesticide may be wielding hefty damage to honey bees and bumble bees, said a pair of European studies published Thursday, urging a hunt for safer alternatives. Both teams of researchers focused on neonicotinoid insecticides, which have become the most widely used in the world on…

Adventure-seeking bees are a lot like humans: study

Some bees love a good adventure while others prefer to hang out at the hive, and a new analysis of bee brains suggests some of the same chemicals that affect human personality could explain why. Honey bees are known to have a structured society in which different bees serve different…

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