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Bad news for Europe’s bumblebees
Twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, according to a recent study assessing the species group at the European level. The study examin...

Loss of wild pollinators could substantially reduce soybean yields
Science for Environment Policy (2014) Issue 367Pollination by wild insects and honey bees improves soybean yield by 18%, new research has indicated. This equates to an extra 331.6 kg of seeds per hectare, boosti...

Article alert: Aspects of Landscape and Pollinators — What is Important to Bee Conservation?
Diversity (2014) 6(1): 158-175. doi: 10.3390/d6010158Pollinators, especially bees, are essential to terrestrial ecosystems. They ensure the maintenance of certain ecological processes, like superior plants’ ...

Article alert: Spatial aggregation of phoretic mites on Bombus atratus and Bombus opifex (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Argentina
Apidologie (2014) doi: 10.1007/s13592-014-0275-4Pablo Revainera, Mariano Lucia, Alberto Horacio Abrahamovich, Matias MaggiMites have been observed on the bumblebee’s body and inside their nest for over 150 ye...

Job alert: Pollinator Field Assistant (Wildlife Preservation Canada)
Bumblebee Surveys and Pollination Biology Studies of At-Risk PlantsWildlife Preservation Canada (WPC) is currently hiring for the position of Pollinator Field Assistant. This person will be responsible for fiel...

Bee pollination improves crop quality as well as quantity
Science for Environment Policy (2014) issue 364Bee pollination improves the shape, weight and shelf-life of strawberries, contributing a staggering ˆ1.05 billion to the European strawberry market per year, new r...

Job alert: Postdoc: bumble bee pathology
Research Associate (Post-doc) in Bumble Bee Pathology at the USDA-ARS Logan Bee LabThe USDA-ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit (PIRU) in Logan, Utah is hiring a Research Associate to investigate the role of p...

Have your say for the future of biodiversity protection: BESAFE invites you to take part in the project’s second stakeholder workshop
Care about biodiversity protection and science-policy dialogue? The second BESAFE stakeholder workshop might be just the thing for you. The BESAFE project invites all interested policy makers, NGO representatives, decision...

Article alert: Pollinator declines: reconciling scales and implications for ecosystem services
F1000Research (2013) 2: 146. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.2-146.v1Bartomeus I and Winfree RDespite the widespread concern about the fate of pollinators and the ecosystem services they deliver, we still have su...

Disease associations between honeybees and bumblebees as a threat to wild pollinators
Nature (2014) 506, 364–366. doi: 10.1038/nature12977Fürst MA et al.Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) pose a risk to human welfare, both directly1 and indirectly, by affecting managed livestock and wild...

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