Tag Archives: Bees

BUZZ OFF ELEPHANTS!

October 2007

If you live on the edge of or in an African National Park, elephants can be a major garden pest. A group from Oxford has discovered that you can drive them away with the sound of bees… DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

Original open access article in Current Biology (includes link to film, at bottom of page); BBC news item;  BBC video.

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Filed under Conservation, Insects, Mammals, Videos

ONE GENE DOES IT ALL?

March 2007

Open Access article in PLoS Biology on the role of the vitellogenin gene on social organisation in honey bees, using RNAi to demonstrate its function at different stages

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Filed under Genetics, Insects

BEES IN DECLINE

March 2007

All over the USA, bee hives are empty. For an unknown reason, bees are leaving the hives. This could have disastrous effects on crops – commercial bees are a major pollinator. A similar situation is being reported in the UK.

Article from The Independent here.

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Filed under Diseases, Insects

BEES KNOW WHAT TO DO, AND WHEN TO DO IT

Open access article in Journal of Experimental Biology, showing that bees can be trained to perform behaviours at specific times, demonstrating the interaction between learning and circadian rhythms. Go here.

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Filed under Biological rhythms

ARE WE THERE YET?

October 2006

How do bees and ants know how far they have travelled? Fascinating review article here from Current Biology (open access).

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Filed under Insects, Locomotion

WHAT’S THE BUZZ?

October 2006

The honeybee genome has just been published in Nature. Full details on what this means for our understanding of bee behaviour and evolution, plus links to the Nature podcast about the genome etc here.

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Filed under Audio files, Behaviour, Evolution, Genetics, Insects