Bees

Pollinators
8:57 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Study: Native NC Bees Are More Efficient Pollinators

A new NC State study found that honey bees are more plentiful than smaller native bees, but less efficient pollinators.
Credit David Tarpy

Researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a system to evaluate the efficiency and importance of different species of pollinators. 

The study's authors say insects are the primary pollinators of crops.  The researchers developed their system by looking at the behavior of bees in North Carolina blueberry fields. 

Hannah Burrack is an associate professor of entomology at NC State and a co-author of the study. 

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The State of Things
11:14 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Why Are Honeybees Dying?

Honey Bees
Credit Clinton & Charles Robertson

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. 

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Environment
4:52 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

NC State Study: Genetic Diversity Key To Honey Bee Survival

Honey bees
Credit David Tarpy

Honey bee populations have been struggling in recent years. New research out of NC State 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.

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Environment
9:17 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Getting To The Bottom Of Disappearing Bees

The honey bee is responsible for pollinating many North Carolina crops.
Credit Bob Gutowski / Flickr Creative Commons

The company Bayer CropScience says it wants insect experts to find out what's causing a massive drop in the bee population. 

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.  Bayer hopes scientists will be working with bees at the new building by the end of the year.  Iain Kelly of Bayer CropScience says other insects and diseases are invading much of the bee's natural habitat.

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