Bees http://wunc.org en Study: Native NC Bees Are More Efficient Pollinators http://wunc.org/post/study-native-nc-bees-are-more-efficient-pollinators <p></p><p>Researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a system to evaluate the efficiency and importance of different species of pollinators.&nbsp;<br /><br />The study's authors say insects are the primary pollinators of crops.&nbsp; The researchers developed their system by looking at the behavior of bees in North Carolina blueberry fields.&nbsp;<br /><br />Hannah Burrack is an associate professor of entomology at NC State and a co-author of the study.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:57:25 +0000 Eric Hodge 28057 at http://wunc.org Study: Native NC Bees Are More Efficient Pollinators Why Are Honeybees Dying? http://wunc.org/post/why-are-honeybees-dying <p>The past year has been a bad one for America's honeybees, with commercial beekeepers reporting hive losses of up to 50 percent. Some blame the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder; others blame pesticides; and many scientists say we just don't know.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:14:53 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17610 at http://wunc.org Why Are Honeybees Dying? NC State Study: Genetic Diversity Key To Honey Bee Survival http://wunc.org/post/nc-state-study-genetic-diversity-key-honey-bee-survival <p>Honey bee populations have been struggling in recent years. <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00114-013-1065-y">New research out of NC State</a> underlines the importance of genetic diversity as key to the honey bees' survival. The study took samples from 80 commercial colonies used to pollinate about a third of the food we eat. It found queens that mated at least seven times were nearly three times more likely to survive the season. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:52:38 +0000 Catherine Brand 17492 at http://wunc.org NC State Study: Genetic Diversity Key To Honey Bee Survival Getting To The Bottom Of Disappearing Bees http://wunc.org/post/getting-bottom-disappearing-bees <p>The company Bayer CropScience says it wants insect experts to find out what's causing a massive drop in the bee population.&nbsp;</p><p>The company broke ground on a bee research facility last week and plans to add a hundred employees at it expands in Research Triangle Park.&nbsp; Bayer hopes scientists will be working with bees at the new building by the end of the year.&nbsp; Iain Kelly of Bayer CropScience says other insects and diseases are invading much of the bee's natural habitat. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:17:44 +0000 Will Michaels 16473 at http://wunc.org Getting To The Bottom Of Disappearing Bees