Scientists have created an ingenious computer model that simulates a honey bee colony over the course of several years. The BEEHAVE model, published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology, was created to investigate the losses of honeybee colonies that have been reported in recent years…
Scientists at the BBSRC strategically-funded institute Rothamsted Research have shown that a waste product from biodiesel manufacture could be used to protect soil quality for agriculture. An important goal in agricultural sustainability is to establish better management of nitrogen (N) to prevent "leaching" of nitrate (NO3) out of the soil into water.
Diseases that are common in managed honeybee colonies are now widespread in the UK’s wild bumblebees, according to research published in Nature. The study suggests that some diseases are being driven into wild bumblebee populations from managed honeybees.