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Bee conservation: Inclusive Solutions 27/03/2018

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) pollination assessment recognises that both wild and manged pollinators have a ‘globally significant” roles in crop pollination.
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EU agrees total ban on bee harming pesticides within 6 months 27/03/2018

The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they pose to bees.
The ban on neonicotinoids, approved by member nations on Friday, is expected to come into force by the end of 2018 and will mean they can only be used in closed greenhouses.
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Where have all the farmland birds gone? 21/03 2018

The song of skylarks, linnets and meadow pipits traditionally resonate across French farmlands. But for how much longer? Studies from long-term observatories paint an alarming picture: the populations of farmland birds have fallen by one third in the last 17 years.
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Neonicotinoids: risks to bees confirmed 28/02/2018

Most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees, according to assessments published today by EFSA. The Authority has updated its risk assessments of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – that are currently subject to restrictions in the EU because of the threat they pose to bees. 28th February 2018
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Scientist warn of 'ecological Armageddon' after study shows flying insect numbers plummet 75% over 27 years. October 18, 2017


More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809
Abstract

Global declines in insects have sparked wide interest among scientists, politicians, and the general public. Loss of insect diversity and abundance is expected to provoke cascading effects on food webs and to jeopardize ecosystem services.

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Will Plants and Pollinators Get Out of Sync?

“Pollination is the key event for a plant and for the pollinators in the year. That’s where pollinators get their food, and that’s what determines whether the plant will set fruit. Some species of pollinators have co-evolved with one species of plant, and the two species time their cycles to coincide, for example, insects maturing from larva to adult precisely when nectar flows begin,” says Esaias. There is no guarantee that the thousands of plant-pollinator interactions that sustain the productivity of our crops and natural ecosystems won’t be disrupted by climate change.”
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Bees Have Profound Influence on Plant Evolution, Researchers Say

After only nine generations, the same plant species is larger and more fragrant if pollinated by bumblebees rather than flies, according to University of Zurich evolutionary biologists Florian Schiestl and Daniel Gervasi. Mar 14, 2017.
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Securing pollination to boost farm productivity

Guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption’ – will see the country’s top bee pollination researchers collaborate with industry to investigate re-establishing native vegetation to support pollinator food and nesting resources, and use new technologies to communicate the findings to farmers. The research will focus on nine pollinating-dependent crops: apples, pears, lucerne, almonds, canola, melons, blueberries, raspberries and mangoes. 1 Aug 2017.
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Bees can help boost food security of 2 billion small farmers at no cost - UN

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the first time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilize plants as they move from flower to flower.19 Feb 2016
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Microbial Ecology of the Hive & Pollination Landscapes

Exploration of the effect of different flowers microbes on bee gut bacteria and evolution of the species. [17 Dec 2013]
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Trackers reveal that honeybees forecast the weather to plan their work day

[3 Feb 2016]
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Vibrating bees tell the state of the hive

[5 Nov 2015]
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Spinning Food

Our new report, “Spinning food,” investigates how Big Food and agrochemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public — and reporters — on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production.
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Bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoid pesticides

[April 2015]
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Securing Bee Populations in Australia from climate change and varroa mites

A plan to map bee activity and protect South Australian pollination rates has been given a $600,000 boost. September 2015
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Neonicotinoid pesticides

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been found to be particularly toxic to bees and other pollinators in a comprehensive study published June 2014 of over 1,00 peer reviewed scientific studies.
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