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Hives for Humanity: Using bees for social empowerment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Photo: Sarah Common
A Canadian mother-daughter team is bringing life and colour to the Hastings homeless community by installing therapeutic apiaries and gardens. Continue reading “Hives for Humanity: Using bees for social empowerment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside”
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You are what your mom ate

Photo by Alison McAfee
Innovative honey bee vaccines pass immunity down through the generations

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Mycelium Medicine

Photo by Heinonlein, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0
Mushroom extracts might help honey bees fight off viruses, but many questions remain

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The trouble with headlines

News outlets are adept at grabbing our attention with shock and awe, but what we need are thoughtful solutions.

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Precision Pollination

A simple trick could let beekeepers improve their colonies’ pollination efficiency

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The surprising benefit of laying workers

Photo: Malcolm Rickets
Laying workers are usually unwelcome pests, but they are also a window into how insect societies may have evolved.

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Life without fumagillin


The only registered treatment for Nosema disease is no longer commercially available.

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Long live the sperm

Photo: Alison McAfee
Honey bee queens keep drones’ sperm alive inside them for years, but some surprising environmental triggers can cause massive sperm death.

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The blueberries and the bees

Photo: Marta Guarna
Thousands of honey bee colonies arrive in the Fraser Valley’s blueberry fields every spring, but beekeepers are worried this crop may be harming their bees. Continue reading “The blueberries and the bees”

Who’s got the guts?

Image: Waldan Kwong
The honey bee gut is home to hundreds of millions of microbes – some of which help the host, and some of which destroy it.

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