December 4, 2015

Dicamba herbicide drift onto plants growing adjacent to farm fields causes significant delays in flowering, as well as reduced flowering, of those plants, and results in decreased visitation by honey bees, according to researchers at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

November 30, 2015

America's beekeepers are having a rough time. They lost an estimated 42 percent of their hives last year.

November 20, 2015

What does being a healthy bee mean? The seven students selected for the 2015 Apes Valentes Awards had some very different ideas. To some of them, Apes Valentes (Latin for “healthy bee”) included bumble bees, others honey bees, and to another Japanese orchard bees. Some students sought to identify the flowering plant species that are most nutritious for bees, while others worked on developing new management approaches to help breed and maintain healthy bee populations.

November 2, 2015

Even as larvae, honey bees are tuned in to the social culture of the hive, becoming more or less aggressive depending on who raises them, researchers report in the journal Scientific Reports.

October 22, 2015

A new Penn State project aimed at improving the food system in East Africa by enhancing pollination services and promoting bee-derived products has received a Food Systems Innovation Grant from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, based at Michigan State University.

October 21, 2015

Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and Tel Aviv University, whose results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species.

September 14, 2015

The issue contains 19 review articles from genomics to ecology, reviewing our current state of knowledge on pollinator health, and providing creative and concrete ideas for the next steps in tackling these issues.

August 26, 2015

Beekeepers have plenty of tough days. But urban beekeeper Steve Rapaski is not having one of those today.

August 14, 2015

If you want to hang out with a bunch of bees, you'd better be prepared for a little pain. Mario Padilla, a honeybee researcher at Penn State University, can usually tell when his hives are getting agitated. But he's already been stung three times today. And he's about to get it again.

August 12, 2015

A local beekeeper is part of a federal grant breeding a new type of Queen bee which could change the future of beekeeping.

August 5, 2015

If you want to hang out with a bunch of bees, you'd better be prepared for a little pain.

August 3, 2015

Penn State graduate student Zach Fuller recently received a National Geographic Young Explorer Grant to sample honey bee colonies and document beekeeping practices across a wide range of habitats in Kenya and to explore for the presence and diversity of recently introduced pathogens. Together with Penn State graduate student Jeff Kerby, Zach is posting updates of their research expedition to Kenya on their blog.

July 3, 2015

Pollinators are declining rapidly throughout the world, and researchers are scrambling to figure out why. To assist Pennsylvania's beekeepers, growers and others as they face this crisis, the Department of Entomology at Penn State has created a new faculty position that will be responsible for conducting research, education and outreach on pollinator health, conservation and management.

June 24, 2015

Ancestors of American honey bees shed light on pollinator health - The honey bearers arrived in the early 17th century, carried into the United States by early European settlers. Apis mellifera--the name truly translates as bee honey-bearer, though they are better known as honey bees.

June 24, 2015

Bees do more than just sting, make honey and buzz. In fact, these insects have a proven positive effect on our ecosystems. A national strategy was created to save honeybees and other pollinators because of this impact and Penn State Brandywine is now an important part of the movement.

June 12, 2015

Researchers believe that long term honey bee declines are a result of a complex set of factors. The primary suspects are: poor nutrition, pesticides, pathogens/ parasites, and poor quality genetic stock. Here we will consider recent research results describing how pesticides might affect pollinators.

June 4, 2015

Scientists look at how to use insect’s antiviral response to control viruses and parasites 
in crops and bee colonies

April 21, 2015

Domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. This long term decline was punctuated by recent average losses of 30% per winter since 2006. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining.

April 21, 2015

Pollinators need a diverse, abundant food source and a place to build their nests and rear their young. As land managers, if we keep these two elements in mind we can encourage native bee populations.

April 21, 2015

Approximately three quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. At the same time domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. Keep a look out for upcoming articles on factors affecting pollinators and ways farmers can promote pollinator health.