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New citizen science project at www.UFNativeBuzz.com
Native Buzz is a citizen science project created by the University of Florida (UF) Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab. The goal is to learn more about the nesting preferences, diversity and distribution of native solitary b...

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability contributes to global sustainability policy
A special issue is published of the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. The issue publishes papers on the topics of several policy briefs that are on the agenda of the annual United Nations Rio+20 ...

Article alert: Flower constancy in insect pollinators: Adaptive foraging behaviour or cognitive limitation?
Communicative & Integrative Biology (2011) 4(6): 633-636Christoph Grüter and Francis L.W. RatnieksAs first noted by Aristotle in honeybee workers, many insect pollinators show a preference to visit flowe...

Weed killers threaten Lange's metalmark butterfly
By Peter Fimrite (SFgate) Weed killers commonly used to control invasive plants in the Bay Area also kill off butterflies, a federal toxicology study has found. Butterfly populations common to the Antioch Dune...

Government to reconsider nerve agent pesticides
By Michael Mccarthy (Independent)The Government is to reconsider its refusal to ban neonicotinoid pesticides, the nerve-agent chemicals blamed for the collapse of bee colonies worldwide, the chief scientist at t...

Article alert: Cryptic Bumblebee Species: Consequences for Conservation and the Trade in Greenhouse Pollinators
PLoS ONE 7(3): e32992. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032992 Williams PH, An J, Brown MJF, Carolan JC, Goulson D, et al.Commercial greenhouse growers in both Japan and China are increasingly using reared orange-ta...

Article alert: Relative Stability of Core Groups in Pollination Networks in a Biodiversity Hotspot over Four Years
PLoS ONE 7(3): e32663. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032663 Fang Q, Huang S-QPlants and their pollinators form pollination networks integral to the evolution and persistence of species in communities. Previous st...

Article alert: A Common Pesticide Decreases Foraging Success and Survival in Honey Bees
Science (2012) DOI: 10.1126/science.1215039M. Henry, M. Beguin, F. Requier, O. Rollin, J-F. Odoux, P. Aupinel, J. Aptel, S. Tchamitchian, A. DecourtyeNonlethal exposure of honey bees to thiamethoxam (neonicot...

Article alert: Neonicotinoid Pesticide Reduces Bumble Bee Colony Growth and Queen Production
Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1215025P.R. Whitehorn, S. O’Connor, F.L. Wackers, D. GoulsonGrowing evidence for declines in bee populations has caused great concern due to the valuable ecosystem services...

Call for papers: ApiEcoFlora Symposium 2012
Place: San Marino 4-6 Oct. 2012ApiEcoFlora aims at exploring avenues for improving the dialogue between researchers, beekeepers and plant breeders by reporting on the recent studies and advances in the areas of bee...

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