Widely-used pesticides are confusing bees and killing colonies, research suggests.
Bumblebees exposed to the crop chemicals gathered less pollen, were more likely to get lost and their young were more likely to perish, the British study found.
Although pesticides have been blamed for the decline of bees before, the study is the first to look at the effect of a combination of chemicals and at the sort of levels typically seen in the countryside.
As food prices rise as a result of poor harvests, can science help increase yields and improve global food security?
BBSRC is part of the Global Food Security Programme, a partnership between UK research councils, government departments and agencies that aims to " meet the challenge of providing the world's growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of good quality food from less land and with lower inputs."
Chris Packham is helping scientists to unlock the secrets of soil by unravelling its genetic fingerprint. His garden soil will have its 'DNA' sequenced in a race against the clock, to highlight both the rapid advances in DNA sequencing technology and its expanding range of uses in biological science.
Some of the UK's leading bioscience and sports researchers have teamed up to help improve training for elite athletes, thanks to special funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and UK Sport with additional money from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
In a study published in Nature, researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham, UK, show that low-level exposure to a combination of two pesticides is more harmful to bumblebee colonies than either pesticide on its own.
LONDON (Reuters) - An international consortium of scientists has published a high resolution draft of the barley genome in a move that could not only improve yields and disease resistance but may also...
The button mushroom occupies a prominent place in our diet and in the grocery store where it boasts a tasty multibillion-dollar niche, while in nature, Agaricus bisporus is known to decay leaf matter on the forest floor.
As restaurant patrons’ diverse food preferences give rise to varied menu offerings, so plant-eating insects’ preferences play an important role in maintaining and shaping the genetic variation of their host plants in a geographic area, reports an international team of researchers that includes a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis.
The new study, involving aphids and the broccoli-like research plant Arabidopsis thaliana, provides the first measureable evidence that this selective process is driven, in part, by the pressure that multiple natural enemies exert on plants by forcing them to create diverse natural defenses to avoid being eaten.
Research funders have come together in a bid to find innovative ways of addressing current and emerging threats to UK forests, woods and trees from pests and diseases. The multi-disciplinary Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative aims to generate knowledge to support the future health and resilience of trees and woodlands.