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Bees were declared the most invaluable species on the planet at the Earthwatch debate at the Royal Geographical Society, London.

Members of the audience had to make up their minds whether to vote with their heads or their hearts as five eminent scientists battled it out during the evening organised by the international environmental charity. An initial vote put Professor David Thomas in the lead with plankton, followed by Dr. George McGavin representing bees; then the pair were each given another five minutes to win over support for their species – and everything changed. [Read full article]

Earthwatch (Nov 21st 2008 )

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Worker ants of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your fertility. The highly specialized worker castes in ants represent the pinnacle of social organization in the insect world. As in any society, however, ant colonies are filled with internal strife and conflict. So what binds them together? More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin had an idea and now he’s been proven right. [Read full article]

ScienceDaily (Nov 20 2008 )

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One of the most important developments in human civilisation was the practice of sustainable agriculture. But we were not the first – ants have been doing it for over 50 million years. Just as farming helped humans become a dominant species, it has also helped leaf-cutter ants become dominant herbivores, and one of the most successful social insects in nature. [Read full article]

Science Daily (Nov 16 2008 )

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Britain will suffer “agricultural disaster” unless more money is put into discovering what it killing the nation’s bees, the Government has been warned.

Dressed in traditional protective suits, the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) delivered a petition to Downing Street signed by more than 140,000 people calling for £8 million funding into what is causing the decline.

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Telegraph 05/11/2008

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