E.P.A. should ban the use of thiamethoxam, not expand it

Editorial by MATT KELLY Yesterday was the last day for public comment on the petition to expand the use of thiamethoxam (a neonicotinoid insecticide) now being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Based on the amount of research showing the harmful effects of neonics on bees, as well as the E.P.A.'s extremely limited bee risk … Continue reading E.P.A. should ban the use of thiamethoxam, not expand it

Urban insects are more resilient in extreme weather

CAMDEN, N.J. – A study led by Amy Savage, a Rutgers University-Camden assistant professor of biology, will help researchers understand how to make predictions and conservation decisions about how organisms living in cities will respond to catastrophic weather events. Savage's analysis, conducted in New York City, compared the diversity of arthropods - insects such as … Continue reading Urban insects are more resilient in extreme weather

Sran Family Orchards becomes first Bee Better Certified grower

KERMAN, Calif. – Sran Family Orchards, the world’s largest grower of organic almonds, has long committed to sustainable farming, with flower-rich pollinator habitat an integral part of the almond orchards. This investment recently paid off when Sran Family Orchards gained certification as a Bee Better Certified grower. “By being Bee Better Certified we are assured … Continue reading Sran Family Orchards becomes first Bee Better Certified grower

Worldwide importance of honey bees for natural habitats captured in new report

An unprecedented study integrating data from around the globe has shown that honey bees are the world's most important single species of pollinator in natural ecosystems and a key contributor to natural ecosystem functions. The first quantitative analysis of its kind, led by biologists at the University of California San Diego, is published Jan. 10 … Continue reading Worldwide importance of honey bees for natural habitats captured in new report