GROW WISE BEE SMART, is a new AmericanHort website devoted to bee knowledge and health, and how to ‘bee part of the solution‘ to turn around declining bee populations. Interestingly, … Continue reading
Can bees get addicted to neonicotinoids? New research published in Nature shows that bees prefer food containing these pesticides, including imidacloprid, with potentially damaging results.
My dad told all kinds of fantastical stories when I was a kid, and I believed all of them. I’d tell stories about dragonflies: how a magic spell had turned big-eyed, prehistoric beasts into delicate winged creatures that really like water. Continue reading
A new study in the journal Nature connects neonicotinoids (and imidacloprid in particular) to a serious decline in insectivorous bird numbers in The Netherlands.
The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, a coalition of European-based scientists, has published a Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA) of research on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on both pollinators … Continue reading
I generally try to avoid writing a lot about the same issue for fear of boring people to death or seeming like a nutter who can’t stop ranting … Continue reading
BEE ALERT! New research published last week has found that fungicides are also implicated in declining bee populations.
An estimated 50,000 native bumblebees died in Wilsonville, Oregon last month after linden trees were sprayed with a neonicotinoid insecticide to deter aphids.
The European Union will ban a range of neonicotinoid insecticides for 2 years. This group of insecticides have been implicated in the collapse of bee colonies, putting crop … Continue reading
It goes without saying that someone like me, who blogs about gardening, gets a buzz out of working in the soil, growing things and being among plants. Therein lies … Continue reading