Call the Bee Vet

Image of beekeeper looking at frame of honey bees.

(Tufts University) Bee keepers have long relied on several antibiotics that are common in human medicine to treat hives for diseases. Such bee antibiotics were once sold over the counter, but now are available only once a veterinarian has conducted an exam to ensure they’re truly needed. The problem is that “there are not enough veterinarians who know about bees out there to help them.”

Bee Observer Cards from the Encyclopedia of Life

Image of Bee Observer Card.

(Encyclopedia of Life) Observer cards from the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) are designed to develop the art and science of observing nature. Each set of cards provides key traits and techniques necessary to make accurate and useful scientific observations. Available as an eBook or printable deck. EOL includes the participation of institutions such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Harvard University.

Plant probe could help estimate bee exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides

Diagram of new probe process.

(EurekAlert/American Chemical Society) Neonicotinoid pesticides continue to be investigated because of their suspected role as a contributing factor in declining bee populations. However, limitations in sampling and analytical techniques have prevented a full understanding of the connection. Now researchers have developed a new type of probe that helps to quantify neonicotinoids in plants and study their movement and distribution throughout the plants over time.

MSU researchers collaborate with one-room schoolhouses to collect bee data

Image of one-room schoolhouse in Montana.

(TriState Livestock News) “We are in year two of a 15-year project to document the 500 to 1,000 species of native bees in Montana.” But to examine all 147,000 square miles of the state would require significant manpower, and to fill that need, an unlikely partnership was created. The researchers put together boxes that included curriculum and bee-sampling tools and sent them to one-room schoolhouses across the state.