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Researchers At Illinois Explore Queen Bee Longevity
Champaign IL (SPX) May 09, 2007
The queen honey bee is genetically identical to the workers in her hive, but she lives 10 times longer and - unlike her sterile sisters - remains reproductively viable throughout life. A study from the University of Illinois sheds new light on the molecular mechanisms that account for this divergence. The study appears in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ... read more

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Mysterious Disappearance Of US Bees Creating A Buzz
Washington (AFP) April 10, 2007
US beekeepers have been stung in recent months by the mysterious disappearance of millions of bees, threatening honey supplies as well as crops which depend on the insects for pollination. Bee numbers on parts of the east coast and in Texas have fallen by more than 70 percent, while California has seen colonies drop by 30 to 60 percent. According to estimates from the US Department o ... more

100-Million-Year-Old Discovery Pushes Bees' Evolutionary History Back 35 Million Years
Corvallis OR (SPX) Dec 13, 2006
The discovery of a 100-million-year old bee embedded in amber -- perhaps the oldest bee ever found -- "pushes the bee fossil record back about 35 million years," according to Bryan Danforth, Cornell associate professor of entomology. Danforth and George Poinar of Oregon State University found the bee embedded in amber from a mine in northern Myanmar (Burma). A report on this major fossil d ... more

Detecting Explosives With Honeybees
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Dec 01, 2006
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a method for training the common honey bee to detect the explosives used in bombs. Based on knowledge of bee biology, the new techniques could become a leading tool in the fight against the use of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, which present a critical vulnerability for American military troops abroad and is an emerging danger f ... more

Flight Of The Bumblebee: Researchers Find That Flower Choice Matters
Milwakee WI (SPX) Oct 31, 2006
Rebecca Flanagan has probably come as close as a human can to reading the mind of a bumblebee. Flanagan, a graduate student in biological sciences, and Associate Professor Jeffrey Karron are studying the behaviors of bees as they gather pollen - which plant species the bees forage on, which flowers they probe and in what order, and how many blooms they visit before moving on to another plant. I ... more

Research Discovers Oldest Bee, Evolutionary Link
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 30, 2006
Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered the oldest bee ever known, a 100 million year old specimen preserved in almost lifelike form in amber, and an important link to help explain the rapid expansion of flowering plants during that distant period. The findings and their evolutionary significance are outlined in an article to be published this week in the journal Science. Th ... more

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