pollinators

‘Suspect’ in bee colony deaths found


June 9th, 2012 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 9 (IANS) A parasitic mite that is killing honey bee colonies around the world through a virus has been identified, a media report said.Bee populations have been falling ... Read more...

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Common pesticide behind beehive collapse


April 9th, 2012 - 1:46 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 9 (IANS) Imidacloprid, a common pesticide, may have been responsible for the sharp worldwide decline of honeybee colonies since 2006, says a study.Pinpointing the cause of the problem ... Read more...

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Plants that reproduce asexually prone to earlier extinction


November 9th, 2010 - 5:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 9 (ANI): A new study claimed that plants that can pollinate themselves are vulnerable to extinction.The research believes that short-term perks of being able reproduce alone comes with a long-term ... Read more...

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Bumblebees prefer striped flowers: Study


October 12th, 2010 - 5:55 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 12 (ANI): A research has suggested that gardeners can help maintain bumblebee populations by growing flowers equipped with "landing lights"."Stripes following the veins of flowers are one of the most ... Read more...

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India’s vegetable farmers hit with ‘pollination crisis’


September 28th, 2010 - 12:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 28 (ANI): Reduced vegetable production in India is an outcome of decline in the pollinating insects and it may limit people's access to nutritional diet, scientists have warned.Indian researchers said ... Read more...

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Bees also seek warm ‘drink’ in cold weather


August 16th, 2010 - 12:54 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 16 (IANS) Nothing energises the body like a nice warm drink on a chilly morning. But did you know that bees also act like humans when they feel cold. ... Read more...

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Bumblebees Included In The Catalog Of Endangered Species


June 24th, 2010 - 7:37 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
June 24, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A conservationist outfit in America launched an appeal on Wednesday that demanded the inclusion of a bumblebee from Southern Oregon and Northern California in ... Read more...

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Bees prefer nicotine and caffeine with their nectar


February 11th, 2010 - 2:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 11 (IANS) Bees seem to be addicted to nectar with traces of nicotine and caffeine rather than plain honey, says a new study. "This could be an evolutionary development intended, ... Read more...

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Bees ‘addicted to caffeine, nicotine’


February 11th, 2010 - 2:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 11 (ANI): When given an option between nectar with small amounts of nicotine and caffeine and nectar sans the substances, bees go for the former, a new study has found."This ... Read more...

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Tobacco plant thwarts caterpillar attack by opening flowers in the morning


January 22nd, 2010 - 5:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 22 (ANI): A team of scientists has discovered that the tobacco plant thwarts an onslaught by caterpillars by opening its flowers in the morning, instead of the night.This finding ... Read more...

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Acacia plant can release chemicals to stop ants from interfering in pollination


December 28th, 2009 - 3:17 pm ICT by ANI
London, December 28 (ANI): In a new research, scientists have found that the acacia plant can stop ants from interfering in their pollination process, by producing chemicals that send the approaching insects ... Read more...

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Aussie bees ‘mummify’ beetle intruders alive


December 21st, 2009 - 3:13 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 21 (ANI): An Australian stingless bee has a stern way of dealing with any beetle that tries to enter its hive - the parasitic interloper is mummified alive as the ... Read more...

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How the daisy got its spots


December 19th, 2009 - 4:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, December 19 (ANI): In a new research, scientists have studied how the dark spots on the petals of flowers like daisies are formed.Dr. Meredith Thomas from the University of Cambridge and ... Read more...

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Orchids entice hornets with their prey’s scent


August 7th, 2009 - 1:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 7 (ANI): Scientists have found that a species of orchid attracts pollen-carrying hornets by wearing the scent of their prey.Dendrobium sinense grows on the Chinese island of Hainan, where ... Read more...

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Einstein’s ‘bee demise’ hypothesis ‘a myth’: Experts


May 8th, 2009 - 6:41 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 08 (ANI): Albert Einstein once speculated that 'if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.' Now, scientists have ... Read more...

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Male flower parts behind potent grapevine perfume


April 7th, 2009 - 2:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 7 (ANI): Contrary to common perception that petals alone produce perfume, scientists at the University of British Columbia have traced the fragrant scent of grapevine flowers to pollen grains stored ... Read more...

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Why do animals and birds avoid red flowers?


March 17th, 2009 - 5:22 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 17 (IANS) Naturalists like Charles Darwin have always thought that the appearance of flowers is dictated purely by the need to attract the various insects, mammals and birds needed for ... Read more...

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Worldwide decline of bees not reducing crop yields just yet


November 12th, 2008 - 2:35 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 12 (ANI): An international study has determined that the well-documented worldwide decline in the number of bees and other pollinators is not, at this stage, limiting global crop yields.The ... Read more...

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Roadsides could serve as nature preserves for bees


September 14th, 2008 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 14 (ANI): A new research has suggested that roadsides could serve as nature preserves for crucial pollinators, particularly native bees.The research was started by Jennifer Hopwood, while she was ... Read more...

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Boozy tree shrews can drink humans under the table!


July 29th, 2008 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 29 (ANI): A boozy night might leave you with the most excruciating hangover the next morning, but this doesnt hold true for one of our distant mammalian cousins the ... Read more...

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There are more bee species than mammals and birds combined


June 12th, 2008 - 4:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington , June 12 (ANI): Data from the newly completed checklists of bee species from the American Museum of Natural History has revealed that the species of these pollinators far exceeds ... Read more...

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Scientists produce first draft of the papaya genome


April 24th, 2008 - 5:10 pm ICT by admin
London , Apr 24 (ANI): Research institutions in the U.S. and China have produced a first draft of the papaya genome, detailing more than 90 percent of the plants gene coding ... Read more...

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Air pollution destroying flowers fragrance


April 11th, 2008 - 4:31 pm ICT by admin
London, April 11 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Virginia have shown that air pollution from power plants and automobiles is wiping out the fragrance of flowers and thus hampering the ... Read more...

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Flowers don’t smell as sweet in polluted air


April 11th, 2008 - 2:41 pm ICT by admin
Washington, April 11 (IANS) A rose smells as sweet by any other name but not in any other air, especially polluted air. A new study has found flowers are fast losing their ... Read more...

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