Jul 6, 2015

Honeybee deaths surging in Japan due to rice paddy pesticides

Mass deaths of honeybees are increasing in Japan, due apparently to pesticides used for killing stink bugs in rice paddies, according to a study by the agricultural ministry. The ministry found that many cases of large-scale honeybee deaths occurred when such pesticides were sprayed ...

Jun 20, 2015

Wild bees are unpaid farmhands worth billions: study

Wild bees provide crop pollination services worth more than $3,250 per hectare per year, a study reported Tuesday. Their value to the food system is “in the billions, globally,” its authors wrote in the journal Nature Communications. Over three years, researchers followed the activities ...

Apr 23, 2015

Fatal attraction for pesticide-addicted bees

Like nicotine for humans, certain pesticides seem to hold an addictive attraction for bees, which seek out tainted food even if it may be bad for them, research showed Wednesday. Not only did bees show no signs of avoiding neonicotinoid-laced food in lab tests, ...

Young bees fail to support foundering colonies

Feb 14, 2015

Young bees fail to support foundering colonies

When honey bees die before their time, the younger bees among them try to forage for food but often fail, contributing to the worrying phenomenon of colony collapse, researchers said Feb. 9. Scientists are studying a range of factors — from the use of ...

EU nations abuzz over bee decline

Jan 18, 2014

EU nations abuzz over bee decline

Many countries in Europe face a worrying lack of crop-pollinating honeybees, a problem caused mainly by an EU policy shift in favor of biofuels, scientists warned earlier this month. “Europe as a whole only has two-thirds of the honeybee colonies it needs, with a ...

Retired teachers stay busy as bees

May 22, 2013

Retired teachers stay busy as bees

Five people in their 70s to 90s from Fukui Prefecture have been chasing and collecting bees for more than half a century, contributing to the discovery of rare species. All five of the former teachers studied the life of bees under Fukui University professor ...

EU to slap two-year ban on bee-harming pesticides

Apr 30, 2013

EU to slap two-year ban on bee-harming pesticides

The European Commission said Monday it would impose the world’s first continentwide ban on three pesticides that environmentalists say are killing the bees that pollinate Europe’s crops. The decision was a blow to the two chemical companies — Bayer of Germany and Switzerland’s Syngenta ...

Tokyo bookstore boasts roof apiary

Apr 17, 2013

Tokyo bookstore boasts roof apiary

by Masaaki Kameda

Major construction firm Kajima Corp. has started beekeeping in Tokyo jointly with bookstore chain Yaesu Book Center in a project to help raise awareness of environmental protection. Some 20,000 western honeybees are being kept on the rooftop of the bookstore chain’s eight-story building near ...