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Pathogenic plant virus jumps to honeybees
A viral pathogen that typically infects plants has been found in honeybees and could help explain their decline. Researchers working in the U.S. and Beijing, China report their findings in mBio, the online open-access journal...

Article alert: Ecosystems effects 25 years after Chernobyl: pollinators, fruit set and recruitment
Oecologia (2012) 170(4): 1155-65. doi: 10.1007/s00442-012-2374-0Møller AP, Barnier F, Mousseau TAAnimals are assumed to play a key role in ecosystem functioning through their effects on seed set, seed co...

Job alert: PhD position (pollination) at the University Of Calgary, Canada
University Of Calgary invites applications for a postdoc position in pollination biology and pollinator management in canola crop systems. There is some flexibility in the project, but it will mainly involve work with managed...

Article alert: Pollinator-driven ecological speciation in plants: new evidence and future perspectives
Annals of Botany (2014) 113(2): 199-212. doi: 10.1093/aob/mct290Van der Niet T, Peakall R, Johnson SDThe hypothesis that pollinators have been important drivers of angiosperm diversity dates back to Darwin, a...

Article alert: The sudden collapse of pollinator communities
Ecology Letters (2014) doi: 10.1111/ele.12236Jelle Lever J, Nes EH, Scheffer M, Bascompte JDeclines in pollinator populations may harm biodiversity and agricultural productivity. Little attention has, however...

Article alert: Four Common Pesticides, Their Mixtures and a Formulation Solvent in the Hive Environment Have High Oral Toxicity to Honey Bee Larvae
PLoS ONE (2014) 9(1): e77547. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077547Zhu W, Schmehl DR, Mullin CA, Frazier JLRecently, the widespread distribution of pesticides detected in the hive has raised serious concerns abou...

Job alert: Honeybee pathology PhD position at SLU in Sweden
The position is based at the Department of Ecology of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), in Uppsala, Sweden. The position is part of a collaborative project that also involves the Department of Virology of...

Article alert: Contrasting effects of habitat area and connectivity on evenness of pollinator communities
Ecography. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00369.xMarini, L., Öckinger, E., Bergman, K.-O., Jauker, B., Krauss, J., Kuussaari, M., Pöyry, J., Smith, H. G., Steffan-Dewenter, I. and Bommarco, R.Losses ...

Job alert: PhD position in honey bee population genetics (University of Bern, Switzerland )
A PhD position in honey bee, Apis mellifera, population genetics is available at the Swiss Research Center (http://www.agroscope.admin.ch/imkerei). The group has a strong experience in honey bee pathology and molecular...

EU policy is driving up demand for pollination faster than honeybee numbers
Research conducted by the University of Reading's Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, and funded by the EU FP7 project STEP and the Insect Pollinators Initiative Crops project, indicates that demand for pollination servic...

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