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Plants support pollinators in the most basic of ways.
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Bee number losses 'increasing'

Bee number losses 'increasing' | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
The annual survey by the British Beekeepers Association indicates that after several years of falls in the numbers of colonies dying during the winter, losses have increased this year.
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8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study

8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
A group of British schoolchildren may be the youngest scientists ever to have their work published in a peer-reviewed journal. In a new pape...
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Native bees in Texas | Native Plant Society of Texas

Native bees in Texas | Native Plant Society of Texas | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
There are actually several hundred bee species that are native to Texas — species that were here long before the honeybee and that are essential to the state’s diverse native plant communities.
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Freezing bees in the fight against varroa mite - Western Australian Country Hour - ABC Rural Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Freezing bees in the fight against varroa mite - Western Australian Country Hour - ABC Rural Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
An aparist says he has a viable answer to helping stop the spread of varroa mite when it inevitably enters Australia.

 

Wonder if this could work, putting honey bees on ice.

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'Extinct' bumblebee returns to UK

'Extinct' bumblebee returns to UK | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
The short-haired bumblebee, which vanished from the UK in 1988, is being reintroduced to the Kent countryside.

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Inspired by Kingdom of Plants? Check out Plants and Arthropods: Friends or Foes?

Inspired by Kingdom of Plants? Check out Plants and Arthropods: Friends or Foes? | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

The new Richard Attenborough program "Kindom of Plants" made at Kew gardens is airing in the UK. If you have been inspired by it or are looking forward to seeing it outside the UK later this year, many of the plant / insect interactions it covers can be found in TTPB 18. Resources include pictures, references and Teaching Guide.


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Highly contagious honey bee virus transmitted by mites

Highly contagious honey bee virus transmitted by mites | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Researchers report that the parasitic 'Varroa' mite has caused the deformed wing virus to proliferate in honey bee colonies. This association is now thought to contribute to the world-wide spread and probable death of millions of honey bee colonies.
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Garden flowers evolved velcro petals to help bees cling on - Telegraph

Garden flowers evolved velcro petals to help bees cling on - Telegraph | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Garden flowers have evolved velcro-like petal surfaces to help bees in the breeze, a study has found.
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Poorer neighbourhoods better for bees - Telegraph

Poorer neighbourhoods better for bees - Telegraph | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Gardens in poor neighbourhoods are better for bees than those in richer suburban areas, research has revealed.
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Breeding orchid species creates a new perfume

Breeding orchid species creates a new perfume | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Some orchids mimic the scent of a female insect in order to attract males for pollination. Researchers have found that breeding two of these orchid species to generate a novel hybrid resulted in a new scent.
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Early spring drives butterfly population declines: 'Ahead-of-time' snowmelt triggers chains of events in the Mormon Fritillary butterfly

Early spring drives butterfly population declines: 'Ahead-of-time' snowmelt triggers chains of events in the Mormon Fritillary butterfly | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Early snowmelt caused by climate change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains snowballs into two chains of events: a decrease in the number of flowers, which, in turn, decreases available nectar.
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Nature Manchester

Nature Manchester | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

Knitting bees, where they knit bees. All with a bee expert.  Wish I had been there.

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Bat bridges don't work

Bat bridges don't work | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Wire bridges built to guide bats safely across busy roads simply do not work, University of Leeds researchers have confirmed.
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Keeping genebank collections healthy and viable

Keeping genebank collections healthy and viable | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Pollination by bumble bees helps multiply and regenerate ICARDA’s genebank collection ICARDA’s genebank holds more than 133,000 accessions from 718 plant (RT @AidNews: Keeping genebank collections healthy and viable

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RPT-Grains Week Ahead-US Midwest heats up as corn pollinates

RPT-Grains Week Ahead-US Midwest heats up as corn pollinates | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

Timing is everything with pollination and crop flowering....

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Botany Professor: Plants that Generate Heat

Botany Professor: Plants that Generate Heat | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Surprisingly, this ability evolved before the ancestors of these tropical plants moved northward. Many tropical aroids living in 365/24/7 jungle steam baths also generate heat. They do it also to attract pollinators, and that is the ...
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Bee Friendly Plants

Bee Friendly Plants | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
RT @ShootGardening: @BumblebeeTrust Hi you gave us an article a few years ago listing bee friendly plants.

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Integrating Apiculture in Riparian Buffers

Integrating Apiculture in Riparian Buffers | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

RT @AgForInsight: Integrating Apiculture in Riparian Buffers http://t.co/9ceExnWf #agroforestry #bees via @AgroforestryBC...


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Where have all the hummingbirds gone?

Where have all the hummingbirds gone? | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
The glacier lily as it's called, is a tall, willowy plant that graces mountain meadows throughout western North America. It flowers early in spring, when the first bumblebees and hummingbirds appear.
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Seattle group creates 'Pollinator Pathway' for bees, birds, butterflies - KING5.com

Seattle group creates 'Pollinator Pathway' for bees, birds, butterflies - KING5.com | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

Pollinator Pathways are the new biological corridors.

Seattle group creates 'Pollinator Pathway' for bees, birds, butterfliesKING5.comby GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News SEATTLE - While scientists continue to work on reasons why some bee and other pollinator populations are in such trouble, Seattle artist...

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AAAS - "SCIENCE: Common Crop Pesticide Harms Bumblebee and Honeybee Species"

AAAS - "SCIENCE: Common Crop Pesticide Harms Bumblebee and Honeybee Species" | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
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Promiscuous queen bees maintain genetic diversity

Promiscuous queen bees maintain genetic diversity | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
By mating with nearly 100 males, queen bees on isolated islands avoid inbreeding and keep colonies healthy. New research has focused on giant honey bee colonies on Hainan Island, off the coast of China.
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Bumblebees get by with a little help from their honeybee rivals

Bumblebees get by with a little help from their honeybee rivals | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Bumblebees can use cues from their rivals the honeybees to learn where the best food resources are, according to new research.
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'Perfumed' parasitic plant lures in pollinating mammals

'Perfumed' parasitic plant lures in pollinating mammals | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
The unique "perfume" of a rare parasitic plant attracts small mammals, a new study has revealed.
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