Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Recent research shows that the insect’s microbial community is central to protecting the hive from invaders—both big and small.
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior

Recent research shows that the insect’s microbial community is central to protecting the hive from invaders—both big and small.

Recent research shows that the insect’s microbial community is central to protecting the hive from invaders—both big and small.

colony collapse disorder
Engineered Microbe in Bees’ Guts Fends off Deadly Varroa Mite
Engineered Microbe in Bees’ Guts Fends off Deadly Varroa Mite
Lisa Winter | Jan 31, 2020
The genetically modified bacteria spark an RNAi response in the parasite that leads to self-destruction—and perhaps a path to combatting colony collapse disorder.
Image of the Day: All in a Day’s Work
Image of the Day: All in a Day’s Work
Shawna Williams | Oct 8, 2018
A bee researcher finds that his subjects are protected from viral infections when they dine on fungus.
Herbicide May Harm Microbiome of Bees
Herbicide May Harm Microbiome of Bees
Iris Kulbatski | Sep 26, 2018
Glyphosate perturbs the balance of gut bacteria in honey bees and increases the insects’ susceptibility to lethal infection.
New Pesticide Affects Bumblebee Reproduction
New Pesticide Affects Bumblebee Reproduction
Shawna Williams | Aug 15, 2018
Sulfoxaflor, an alternative insect-killer to older chemicals that decimate pollinators, turns out to kneecap colonies.
Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined
Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined
Catherine Offord | Mar 22, 2018
Researchers pinpoint a protein that can metabolize at least one of the insecticides, highlighting a route to identifying compounds that are friendlier to the critical pollinators.
Recent Decline in Honeybee Deaths
Recent Decline in Honeybee Deaths
Kerry Grens | May 19, 2014
Fewer commercial pollinators died over the winter than during the same season the preceding year.
New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse
New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse
Jef Akst | Jan 21, 2014
A virus that causes blight in plants may contribute the catastrophic decline of honeybee colonies.
Loss of Bees Bad for Plants
Loss of Bees Bad for Plants
Chris Palmer | Jul 23, 2013
Removing just a single bee species from an ecosystem can decrease the ability of the remaining species to pollinate plants.
Europe to Ban Neonicotinoids
Europe to Ban Neonicotinoids
Dan Cossins | Apr 30, 2013
In the midst of an ongoing debate over the role of the pesticides in the deaths of bees, the European Union will restrict their use for 2 years.
A Political Battle Over Pesticides
A Political Battle Over Pesticides
Graciela Flores | Apr 10, 2013
Bees, the pollinators of a third of the world’s food crops, are in peril. And that’s about the only thing scientists, environmentalists, policy makers, and agro-industrialists can agree on.
Behavior Brief
Beth Marie Mole | Sep 11, 2012
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Honey Bee Killer
Honey Bee Killer
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 11, 2012
A parasitic mite helps spread a deadly virus among honey bee colonies.
Colony Collapse from Pesticides?
Edyta Zielinska | Apr 9, 2012
Yet another study demonstrates that how pesticides might be related to the collapse of wild bee colonies.
Pesticide Problems for Bees
Pesticide Problems for Bees
Sabrina Richards | Mar 30, 2012
Bees exposed to neonicotinoids, a widely-used class of pesticide, navigate poorly and produce fewer queens, suggesting a role for neonicotinoids in colony collapse.
Honey bee microbiome probed
Bob Grant | Jun 9, 2011
Researchers reveal several new viruses lurking in healthy hives.