(Vice) The protocol is known as bee venom therapy, and among those afflicted with chronic Lyme, it’s gaining a lot of adherents. The claim is difficult to measure because chronic Lyme is not recognized by the medical establishment as existing at all.
(Washington State University) Washington State University is celebrating the opening of its new Honey Bee & Pollinator Research, Extension and Education Facility. The nearly 50-acre property will house most of WSU’s Honey Bee and Pollinator program.
(ScienceDaily/University of Würzburg) After more than 70 years, a great mystery of zoology has been solved: Honey bees actually use different dance dialects in their waggle dance. Which dialect has developed during evolution is related to the radius of action in which they collect food around the hive.
(University of Minnesota) A new study from the University of Minnesota found that deformed wing virus causes a honey bee’s brain to function as though the bee is older than it is. This often leads infected bees to forage prematurely, which can cause diminished spatial memory and colony failure. Additionally, these infected foragers may be more likely to spread the virus to neighboring colonies because of their disoriented state.
(University of Cologne) Zoologists from the University of Cologne have demonstrated that honey bees have the cognitive abilities to perform so called numerosity estimation, allowing them to solve simple mathematical problems using just a single neuron. This could provide a newer, simpler model for machine learning.
(University of Hawai’i) Researchers examined the true “independence” of a new self-fertilizing almond variety called ‘Independence’. They found that this variety still performed better when bees were assisting in pollination. “This article highlights the danger of misinformation – the variety is marketed as ‘self-fertilizing’, but growers don’t know they will get less yield without bees.”
(Reuters) Beekeepers in China, the world’s top honey producer, are bracing for a bleak start to the key spring pollinating season as travel curbs aimed at containing a coronavirus outbreak keep them at home while their bees go without food for weeks.
(The Conversation) “Native pollinator populations have been decimated in burned areas. They will only recover if they can recolonise from unburned areas as vegetation regenerates. Since the fires, Australia’s beekeeping industry has been pushing for access to national parks and other unburned public land… But our native pollinators badly need these resources – and the recovery of our landscapes depends on them. While we acknowledge the losses sustained by the honey industry, authorities should not jeopardise our native species to protect commercial interests.”