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Addressing the mismatches of scale in biodiversity conservation
Science for Environment Policy (2012) 304Biodiversity experts working in governance and science have called for greater integration of policy sectors, geographical levels and academic disciplines, in a stakehold...

Article alert: BeeDoctor, a Versatile MLPA-Based Diagnostic Tool for Screening Bee Viruses
PLoS ONE 7(10): e47953. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047953De Smet L, Ravoet J, de Miranda JR, Wenseleers T, Mueller MY, et al.The long-term decline of managed honeybee hives in the world has drawn significant a...

Toward an European Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System Making high quality biodiversity knowledge open, accessible and re-usable
A consortium consisting of major European biodiversity organizations, including natural history museums, botanic gardens, companies and biological societies, announce the launch of pro-iBiosphere. This EU e-Infrastructure coo...

2nd International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy
The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State will be hosting the second International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy from August 14-17, 2013. The conference will be held at Pennsylvania State Universi...

Fungus fights deadly bee mites in a two-pronged attack
A fungus normally used to control insect pests may help honey bees protect themselves from a destructive mite by both infecting the mites and preventing suppression of the bee immune system, says a team of bee researchers at ...

Pesticides put bumblebee colonies at risk of failure
Alister Doyle, ReutersPesticides used in farming are also killing worker bumblebees and damaging their ability to gather food, meaning colonies that are vital for plant pollination are more likely to fail when t...

The buzz about pesticides
Charlotte Stoddart, Nature NewsBees, the most important pollinators of crops, are in trouble. All over the world, their populations are decreasing and scientists and farmers want to know why. In some cases, such...

Article alert: Combined pesticide exposure severely affects individual- and colony-level traits in bees
Nature (2012) doi:10.1038/nature11585Gill RJ, Ramos-Rodriguez O, Raine NEReported widespread declines of wild and managed insect pollinators have serious consequences for global ecosystem services and agricul...

Biodiversity loss threatens key ecosystem functions
Science for Environment Policy (2012) 302A synthesis of 192 studies has provided a quantitative estimate of the impact of the loss of plant biodiversity on ecosystem primary production, showing that this impact ...

Secrets of the Museum: Historical Insect Collections Reveal Several Bee Species in Decline
NSERC-CANPOLIN (October 18, 2012) Guelph, ONA new study of North American bumble bees has identified 11 species in decline and recommends immediate conservation efforts for the most endangered species....

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