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Article alert: The strength of plant–pollinator interactions
Ecology (2012) 93: 719–725. doi: 10.1890/11-1356.1Vázquez, Diego P., Silvia B. Lomáscolo, M. Belén Maldonado, Natacha P. Chacoff, Jimena Dorado, Erica L. Stevani, and Nydia L. Vitale.Recent stu...

Article alert: Pollinator effectiveness varies with experimental shifts in flowering time
Ecology (2012) 93: 803–814. doi: 10.1890/11-0967.1Rafferty, Nicole E., and Anthony R. IvesThe earlier flowering times exhibited by many plant species are a conspicuous sign of climate change. Altered phenolog...

Article alert: Synergistic Parasite-Pathogen Interactions Mediated by Host Immunity Can Drive the Collapse of Honeybee Colonies
PLoS Pathogens 8(6): e1002735. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002735Nazzi F, Brown SP, Annoscia D, Del Piccolo F, Di Prisco G, et al.The health of the honeybee and, indirectly, global crop production are threatene...

Training course on climate change (Sevilla, Spain)
The Estación Biológica de Doñana (Sevilla, Spain) invites applications for its third international course on climate change entitled ‘Ecological Consequences of Climate Change: Integrating Research Approache...

Article alert: Wildlife-friendly farming benefits rare birds, bees and plants
Biology Letters (2012) doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0367.Pywell, R.F. et al.Agricultural intensification is a leading cause of global biodiversity loss, especially for threatened and near-threatened species. One wi...

Conserving Bumble Bees
By Rich Hatfield, Sarina Jepsen, Eric Mader, Scott Hoffman Black and Matthew ShepherdBumble bees, key pollinators of crops and wildflowers across the country and essential for a healthy environment, are declinin...

Article alert: Paratransgenesis: An Approach to Improve Colony Health and Molecular Insight in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)?
Integrative and Comparative Biology (2012) doi: 10.1093/icb/ics089Rangberg A, Diep DB, Rudi K, Amdam GVThe honey bee (Apis mellifera) is highly valued as a commercial crop pollinator and a model animal...

Honeybee decline 'could be disastrous' for food production
By Martha MossThe EU must do more to protect Europe's honeybee population if it wants to secure food production in the years to come, a parliament conference has heard. Tuesday's discussion, organise...

PhD position in Ecological Modelling (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany)
The project will address honeybee population dynamics and decline in Europe. It will be based on modelling the dynamics of honeybees colonies within the hive, foraging in dynamic landscapes, and interactions between different...

European Food Safety Authority reviews studies on some pesticides and bee health
Two teams of researchers recently had innovative behavioural studies published in the journal Science which suggested that low levels of neonicotinoid pesticides can have significant effects on bee colonies. Following publica...

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