There's another reason for humans not to use pesticides. Researchers found out that the controversial neonicotinoid insecticide is responsible to the decline of bee population in England.
Despite being exposed to human food that contains processed sugar, urban bees stick to their healthy flower-nectar diet.
A rare western bumblebee species appears to be staging a comeback in the Pacific Northwest after experiencing dramatic population declines in the 1990s. Researchers are unsure what exactly caused the decline in the first place, but what remains even more of a mystery is why the bees have suddenly rebounded.
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.
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.
It turns out that only a few "busy bees" are needed to pollinate the world's crops, according to a new international study.
It seems that bees really can't catch a break! Not only are they suffering at the hands of climate change, industrial pollutants, disease, and questionable pesticides, but now new research has found evidence that aluminum, of all things, could be sparking Alzheimer's-like symptoms in pollinators.
Honeybee decline worldwide continues to baffle scientists, and while invasive parasites have been blamed before, new research shows that a tiny single-celled parasite may have a greater-than expected impact on colonies by infecting larvae.
The next time you visit the lawn and garden center at a Lowe's Home Improvement store, you can shop assured that whatever you chose to buy, you won't be dooming backyard bees in the process. Lowe's has joined a growing list of garden retailers who are taking any products that use neonicotinoid pesticides off their shelves, reflecting a growing concern for the world's pollinators.
Unlike a great many other first-world environmental agencies, the UK's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) remains fairly uncertain about neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides commonly called "neonics." Officials frequently cite one large-scale study in particular to argue that these chemicals are mostly harmless. Now, however, one researcher has set out to tell DEFRA that they've been wrongly interpreting that key study for the last two years.