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Plants support pollinators in the most basic of ways.
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High-Speed Video Investigates Mystery of Hummingbird Pollination | Wired Science | Wired.com

High-Speed Video Investigates Mystery of Hummingbird Pollination | Wired Science | Wired.com | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Scientists have shot high-speed video of feeding hummingbirds in an effort to understand why the flowers they pollinate almost always hang upside-down.
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Video: Tricks of the Hummingbird's Tongue - ScienceNOW

Video: Tricks of the Hummingbird's Tongue - ScienceNOW | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
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Bees, fruits and money: Decline of pollinators will have severe impact on nature and humankind

Bees, fruits and money: Decline of pollinators will have severe impact on nature and humankind | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Globally we are witnessing a decline in pollinators, such as wild bees, honeybees and hover flies, caused by the destruction and fragmentation of habitats, agricultural intensification and use of pesticides, introduction of novel diseases and...
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Weedpicker's Journal:: A Habitat Hero

Weedpicker's Journal:: A Habitat Hero | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

A rare butterfly is tracked down by finding a rare thistle

"The Swamp Metalmark was a butterfly thought to be extirpated from Ohio. Since 1988 no one had seen this little creature, not much bigger than a copper colored penny."


Via Annals of Botany: Plant Science Research
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'Zombie'? More Like "Alien" For Bees - Science 2.0 (blog)

'Zombie'? More Like "Alien" For Bees - Science 2.0 (blog) | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
NEWS.com.au'Zombie'?More Like "Alien" For BeesScience 2.0 (blog)Such zombies were first discovered in California in 2008 by San Francisco State University biologist John Hafernik who now runs a website ZombeeWatch.org that is aided by a network of...
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Rewarding work for butterflies

Rewarding work for butterflies | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Butterflies learn faster when a flower is rewarding than when it is not, and females have the edge over males when it comes to speed of learning with rewards.
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Wild pollinators support farm productivity and stabilize yield

Wild pollinators support farm productivity and stabilize yield | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Most people are not aware of the fact that 84% of the European crops are partially or entirely dependent on insect pollination.

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Honey Was the Wonder Food That Fueled Human Evolution (And Now It’s Disappearing)

Honey Was the Wonder Food That Fueled Human Evolution (And Now It’s Disappearing) | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

Energy-rich honey could have been the food that let humans get so brainy...Pollination is an ecosystem service; look at its contribution to evolution.

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Job swapping makes its mark on honeybee DNA

Job swapping makes its mark on honeybee DNA | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Switching roles within the hive is reflected in reversible epigenetic changes.
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How bumblebees find efficient routes without a GPS: Bees use trial and error to select optimal route

How bumblebees find efficient routes without a GPS: Bees use trial and error to select optimal route | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Scientists have tracked bumblebees for the first time to see how they select the optimal route to collect nectar from multiple flowers and return to their nest.
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How bees decide what to be: Reversible 'epigenetic' marks linked to behavior patterns

How bees decide what to be: Reversible 'epigenetic' marks linked to behavior patterns | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Scientists report what is believed to be the first evidence that complex, reversible behavioral patterns in bees -- and presumably other animals -- are linked to reversible chemical tags on genes.
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CARNIOLAN BEE : Historical review of the development and recognition of the Carniolan bee

CARNIOLAN BEE : Historical review of the development and recognition of the Carniolan bee | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
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Home | ZomBee Watch

Home | ZomBee Watch | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
ZomBee Watch is a citizen science project tracking the honey bee parasite Apocephalus borealis.
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ScienceShot: Butterfly Migration Mystery Solved - ScienceNOW

ScienceShot: Butterfly Migration Mystery Solved - ScienceNOW | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
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Combined pesticide exposure affects bumblebee colony success

Combined pesticide exposure affects bumblebee colony success | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Individual worker behavior and colony success are both affected when bees are exposed to a combination of pesticides, according to new research.
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Genetic 'remix' key to evolution of bee behavior, researchers find

Genetic 'remix' key to evolution of bee behavior, researchers find | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Worker bees have become a highly skilled work force because the genes that determine their behavior are shuffled frequently, helping natural selection to build a better bee, research suggests.
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Animals' microbial communities linked to their behavior

Animals' microbial communities linked to their behavior | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
New research is revealing surprising connections between animal microbiomes -- the communities of microbes that live inside animals' bodies -- and animal behavior.
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Pollination: with small rewards come bad results

Pollination: with small rewards come bad results | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
The hawkmoth, a natural petunia pollinator, spends less time on Petunia lines that offer less nectar as a reward.
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French Bees Produce Blue Honey | NewsFeed | TIME.com

French Bees Produce Blue Honey | NewsFeed | TIME.com | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
...and beekeepers have traced the problem to M&Ms.
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Trapping weevils and saving monarchs

Trapping weevils and saving monarchs | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Ensuring the monarch butterfly's survival by saving its milkweed habitat could result from U.S. Department of Agriculture studies initially intended to improve detection of boll weevils with pheromone traps.
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Hummingbirds make flying backward look easy

Hummingbirds make flying backward look easy | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Animals that move backwards usually require a lot of energy, so a biologist was surprised when he realized that hummingbirds execute this maneuver routinely.
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Pesticides not yet proven guilty of causing honeybee declines, experts say

Pesticides not yet proven guilty of causing honeybee declines, experts say | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
The impact of crop pesticides on honeybee colonies is unlikely to cause colony collapse, according to a new article.
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Mystery of the disappearing bees: Solved!

Mystery of the disappearing bees: Solved! | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
For a decade, scientists have fretted over the disappearance without a trace of huge colonies of bees. Now the answer seems to be at hand. But can we change human behavior enough to restore the bee population?
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Pollen — Photo Gallery — National Geographic Magazine

Pollen — Photo Gallery — National Geographic Magazine | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Birds do it, bees do it, even pollinating plants do it.
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