This new acoustic survey technique could accurately predict bee activity and pollination services
People are starting to try to tackle the unprecedented bee crisis with the help of various tools. One of them is to use robotic bee "drones" to pollinate plants in the absence of said actual bees.
Scientists from Japan has developed a flying drone that could help or "potentially" replace bees as pollinators.
Bees, which are known for their keen sense of smell, are losing their ability to efficiently forage for food.
Certain colors confuse bees, so flowers will tone down the iridescence of their petals to attract bees and increase their chances of pollination.
While we've been pretty sure for a while that neonicotinioid insecticides threaten honeybees, here is new information on threats from pesticides commonly used on some of the U.S.'s key crops, suggesting our government needs to increase regulation on some agricultural practices.
Australian blue-banded bees take a heavy metal approach to pollination. A team of researchers recently filmed the bees' headbanging technique, which reportedly maximizes pollen release and allows bees to spend less time pollinating each flower.
Plants with flowers pointing towards the sky may be more likely to attract moth pollinators, compared to shy sideways-facing flowers. This suggests that flower direction plays a larger role in pollination than scent.
Some pollinating leafhoppers may be transmitting deadly bacteria to flowering plants. When infected, the plants are unable to blossom and sexual reproduction is prevented turning them into the living dead.
Honey Bees can't resist caffeine, and some plants are even making their nectar more caffeinated to attract them. This dynamic could have serious impacts on pollination and honey production, researchers say.
It's no secret that the world desperately needs bees. With worrying declines around the globe, their importance in agriculture and forest management is as obvious as ever. However, new research has found that, worryingly, some bees can cheat the system -- stealing pollen without pollinating plants in return.
Cape Restio shrubs produce large, dark nuts that mimic antelope droppings and trick dung beetles into planting them, ultimately helping the shrubs become more widespread.
Western prairie fringed orchids in North Dakota are being threatened by invasive hawk moths and bumble bees who have been stealing nectar from these victim plants without pollinating them. Understanding this "nectar larceny" could help researchers better conserve rare plant populations.
As a result of climate change altering plant diversity, some bumblebees have evolved with to shorten tongues enabling them to adapt to feeding on shallower flowers.