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Certain ant species gain territory by collaborating in unusual manners..

An international team of researchers, with the participation of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and CREAF, has achieved to resolve fundamental questions related to the behaviour of ants. Researchers discovered how some species that successfully invade large extensions of land have an unusual way of doing so: they cooperate with other colonies to form a supercolony. Researchers alert that a plague of this type of ant could turn into a global problem. The research, the first of its kind, has been published in the journal PLoS ONE. [Read full article]

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A useful resource is the online version of the following book. Although written in 1976 and mainly covering the US, the book is still very relevant today whatever country you are located in.

Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants
by S.E. McGregor,
USDA Originally published 1976

Sections include:

  • Economics of Plant Pollination
  • Flowering and Fruiting of Plants
  • Hybrid Vigor in Plants and its Relationship to Insect Pollination
  • Wild Bees and Wild Bee Culture
  • Wild Flowers and Crop Pollination
  • Pesticides in Relation to Beekeeping and Crop Pollination
  • Pollination Agreements and Services
  • Alphabetical Listing of Crops Dependent upon or Benefited by Insect Pollination.

Link here

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As part of the celebrations of National Science and Engineering Week 2009, we want you to help save our UK Bees by planting bee friendly plants across the country! This will make them healthier, helping them survive infection, changing weather patterns and more.

Billions of the UK’s bees are dying from unknown causes and one in three bee colonies in the UK were lost last winter alone! Bees are vitally important for everyone. In all, they are responsible for pollinating one-third of all the foods we eat!

You can help our bees. Register your interest on this website and receive a FREE pack of seeds and a education pack of activities designed for KS1, KS2 and KS3 children.

www.saveourbees.org.uk

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Plight of the humble bee

“Native British bees are dying out — and with them will go flora, fauna and one-third of our diet. We may have less than a decade to save them and avert catastrophe. So why is nothing being done?”  [Read full article]

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