Worldwide importance of honey bees for natural habitats captured in new report

Read the full story in Science Daily. An unprecedented study integrating data from around the globe has shown that honey bees are the world's most important single species of pollinator in natural ecosystems and a key contributor to natural ecosystem functions. The report weaves together information from 80 plant-pollinator interaction networks. The results clearly identify …

Why Chicago is pollinating bee populations

Read the full story in GreenBiz. The billowing stainless steel forms of Frank Gehry’s Pritzker bandshell seem to float up from behind the 3.5-acre Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, backed by Chicago’s celebrated skyline. Another landmark in a city long a laboratory for innovation in architecture and landscaping, the garden has been called a "model of responsible …

A Clue in the Bee Death Mystery

Read the full story in Mother Jones. Domesticated honeybees get all the buzz, but wild bumblebees are in decline too, both globally and here in the United States. What gives? It’s an important question, because while managed honeybees provide half the pollination required by US crops, bumble and other wild bees deliver the other half. Insecticides …

In bee decline, fungicides emerge as improbable villain

Read the full story from Cornell University. When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides. Instead, they found a shocker: fungicides, commonly thought to have no impact.