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Obama launches plan to save hardworking honey bees

Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 15:05

President Barack Obama has launched a determined effort to save some of America`s busiest workers, the honey bees, crucial for the food industry and contributes a whopping USD 15 billion in value to agricultural crops.

Bees can be more important than fertiliser?

Last Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 12:15

Insects play a key role in the pollination of cultivated plants, and a new study suggests that they can be even more important than fertiliser.

Spider venom may save bees: Study

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 05:42

Venom from one of the world`s most poisonous spiders may help save the world`s honeybees, providing a biopesticide that kills pests but spares the precious pollinators, a study said.

Fish more prone to crashes than bees

Last Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 11:40

Researchers have said that swimming fish do not appear to use their collision warning system in the same way as flying insects.

Bumblebees capable of learning feats for treats

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 21:25

Researchers have said that bumblebees, despite having tiny brains, are capable of some remarkable learning feats, especially when they might get a tasty reward.

US woman hurt after attack by 80,000 `killer` bees

Last Updated: Sunday, March 09, 2014, 11:58

A 71-year-old woman in the US was badly hurt after she was attacked by a massive swarm of 80,000 `killer` bees which stung her more than 1,000 times.

Urban bees turning to plastic waste to build hives

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 13:51

Ever heard of bees who use plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests? There are some and this shows how they have adapted to the human world with time.

Single gene in bees separates queen from workers

Last Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 14:11

Scientists have identified how a single gene in honey bees separates the queens from the workers.

Bees fitted with camera backpacks to check why colonies are collapsing

Last Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 13:26

Researchers have fitted bees with tiny sensors so that they can monitor and study their drastically diminishing populations.

Australian scientists microchip bees to map movements, halt diseases

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 19:22

Australian scientists are gluing tiny sensors onto thousands of honey bees to track their movements in a trial aimed at halting the spread of diseases that have wiped out populations in the northern hemisphere.

Bees navigate using `light` in the sky

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 07, 2014, 21:53

Bees use a pattern of light in the sky invisible to humans to direct one another to a honey source, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found.

Decoded: How honey bees determine sex

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 14:52

The truth behind the unique sex-determination system in honeybees - where males develop from unfertilised eggs and females develop from fertilised eggs - is out.