Insecticides Have Become More Toxic to Bees Over the Last 20 Years

January 22, 2020

Farmers might not be using as much insecticide as they used to, but those they do use appear to be more toxic today than they were 20 years ago. In some states, these chemicals are 121-times as toxic for bees in 2012 as they were in 1997, a study published in Scientific Reports found.

Insecticides becoming more toxic to honey bees

January 21, 2020

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.

Beescape Monthly Update for January

January 14, 2020

This is the fifth of our new monthly updates (January 2020) from us here at Beescape!

Some Pollinators Swipe Right on Annual Ornamental Flowers

December 13, 2019

When it comes to flowers, the traits humans prefer—things like low pollen production, brighter colors, and changes to the height and shape of plants—are a mixed bag for pollinators. Plants bred for larger flowers or extended bloom times may be a boon for some hungry pollinators, but structural changes in the plants can make it harder for pollinators to handle the flowers, access nectar, or even find the flowers in the first place.

Beescape Monthly Update for December

December 12, 2019

This is the fourth of our new monthly updates (December) from us here at Beescape! This month we have three main topics to discuss --

Passionate 14-Year-Old Raises Awareness – and Funds! – to Support Bee Populations

December 5, 2019

Finian Stroup has been dedicated to helping save the bees since she was 8 years old. Over the years, she has organized numerous events to raise awareness about bee declines.

Fourteen Penn State faculty recognized with lifetime honor

December 4, 2019

American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows are honored for extraordinary achievements in advancing science

Which flowers attract the most pollinators?

December 2, 2019

People often ask me "Which plants are best for pollinators?" There's no perfect answer, but I usually urge people to plant native perennials. But, is this right from the BBB (Birds, Butterflies, and Bees) point of view?

Much-anticipated Pollinator and Bird Garden underway in Arboretum at Penn State

November 22, 2019

Recent visitors to The Arboretum at Penn State may have noticed a bright blue construction fence surrounding about 3 acres of open meadow between the botanic gardens and the College Heights neighborhood. The fence delineates the future site of the Pollinator and Bird Garden, which will increase the size of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens by about 60%.

Beescape Monthly Update for November

November 12, 2019

First for this month, we want to announce some current and upcoming changes to the Beescape site!

Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association promotes cross-pollination of ideas in panel discussion ‘Do you want to save the bees?’

November 12, 2019

This November, beekeepers from across Pennsylvania traveled to State College to discuss the state of the industry, provide training to new beekeepers, and to learn about recent scientific advances in bee research.

Pollinator project will complement Penn State solar power initiative

November 7, 2019

A unique undertaking in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will shine a light on how solar farms can contribute to healthy ecosystems and boost pollinator populations.

Pollinator project will complement Penn State solar power initiative

October 29, 2019

A unique undertaking in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will shine a light on how solar farms can contribute to healthy ecosystems and boost pollinator populations.

What are those bees doing at your library?

October 25, 2019

Recently, bumble bees have been visiting libraries and museums around Pennsylvania. The bees have been helping families learn about the life sciences and how scientists study how bees and other animals live and are adapted to their environments.

Beescape Monthly Update for October

October 1, 2019

With summer now behind us and autumn nectar flows drawing to close, your honey bees will likely spend less time foraging as the temperature continues to drop.

Beescape Monthly Update for September

October 1, 2019

As the fall season approaches, we at Beescape hope you’ve all had a productive spring/summer

Indiana in the Morning Interview: Christina Grozinger

September 25, 2019

Christina Grozinger is the director of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State. She joined us to talk about the health of Pennsylvania's bee population, and how we can help.

How Maine Companies, Conservationists Are Helping Native Pollinators Thrive

September 19, 2019

You may have heard it said that just about every third bite of food you take was made possible by a bee. Bees are required in the production of everything from apples to zucchini, and even important cattle feeds such as alfalfa require bees for pollination.

A fruitful new partnership for farmers and pollinators

September 19, 2019

No bees, no berries. For Bruce Hall, that’s the bottom line. “In our industry, we have a flower, and we want it to become a berry,” explained Hall, an agronomist for Jasper Wyman & Son. Better known as “Wyman’s of Maine,” purveyors of wild blueberries and other frozen fruits.

This Bee-Focused Gen Ed That Could Save The World

September 19, 2019

The oft-memed slogan “save the bees” has been all the buzz for several years now, but who is actually making an effort to save one of the planet’s most important insects?

Penn State, Lightsource BP break ground on largest solar project in Pennsylvania

September 9, 2019

Solar farms will provide energy and pollinator habitat

Half a billion dead honey bees in Brazil show what happens when you roll back pesticide regulations

August 30, 2019

Insecticides kill insects. It should be no surprise, then, that in Brazil, which has seen a 27% increase in pesticide sales since last year, roughly 500 million honey bees were found dead in piles across four states in early spring. The country’s pesticide use has grown by 770% between 1990 to 2016, as reported by Bloomberg.

Over 100 educators attend the 2019 Penn State Pollinator In-service Meeting

August 1, 2019

Penn State Extension and the Center for Pollinator Research hosted a two-day in-service meeting in July 2019 to train Extension Educators and Master Gardeners on the latest information about pollinator diversity, health, and management.

Yard and Garden Area at Ag Progress Days expands offerings

July 31, 2019

Creating pollinator-friendly landscapes again will be the focus of the Yard and Garden Area at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15, but many other activities will be going on there, as well.

Arboretum at Penn State to celebrate 10th anniversary with Gala in the Gardens

July 26, 2019

Dinner and dancing will highlight a Gala in the Gardens event from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Arboretum at Penn State’s H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens.

Cross-pollination between educators and researchers at the 2019 APPL-RED workshop

July 24, 2019

The 2019 Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators (APPL-RED) Workshop at Penn State attracted thirteen K-12 educators from across Pennsylvania and beyond (one educator is currently teaching in the Spangdahlem region in Germany). The workshop allowed educators to work closely with members of Penn State’s Center for Science and the Schools and Center for Pollinator Research.

Food for thought: Using an evidence-based approach to manage honey bees in light of wild bee declines

July 17, 2019

Honey bees are critical for crop pollination in the United States. The US is the first global producer of almonds and blueberries, and both of these crops require large numbers of managed honey bee colonies to maximize yields.

#Beetech: Azavea and Penn State made a tool to see ‘bee’s eye view’ of hive environments

July 17, 2019

Pennsylvania’s beekeepers can now get even closer to their six-legged friends. In April, Penn State University, with the help of Callowhill-based geospatial technology company Azavea, released a new tool called Beescape where keepers can get the buzz on their hives (sorry) with a “bee’s eye view” of their environment.

Patterns of Pesticide Use, Exposure, and Toxicity Jointly Determine Impacts on Honeybees and Other Pollinators

July 15, 2019

Pollinators such as honeybees, wild bees, and pollen wasps contribute to one-third of the world’s food-crop production. However, the health and abundance of pollinators has declined in recent decades due to a range of factors that include pests, pathogens, pesticides, and poor nutrition. Farmers use pesticides to treat pests that would otherwise damage our food. Patterns, or “domains,” of pesticide use and pesticide effects on pollinators are linked in a complex system through a third domain, pollinator pesticide exposure. This framework can provide insights into options for reducing risks to pollinators while also improving pest management strategies for crops, as illustrated through the example of apple production.

Notes from the Lab: The Latest Bee Science Distilled

June 26, 2019

A roadmap for how to minimize pesticide risk to bees by Scott McArt