New data unearths pesticide peril in beehives

Honeybees – employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season – encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee’s own food. Researchers used 120 pristine honeybee colonies that were placed near 30 apple orchards around New York state. After allowing the bees to forage […]

Flowers not to blame for allergies

Marvin Pritts, a horticulture professor at Cornell University, explains the science behind allergies and why it isn’t the showy flowers that are the culprit, but rather the inconspicuous flowers that few people even notice.   Bio: https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/people/marvin-pritts   Pritts says:   “It is the time of the year when sensitive individuals begin to express allergy […]

Ground-nesting bees on farms lack food, grow smaller

ITHACA, N.Y. – According to a recent study, the size of a common ground-nesting bee – an important crop pollinator – has grown smaller in heavily farmed landscapes. The link between intensive agriculture and the size of Andrena nasonii bees has important implications for how farmers might diversify these landscapes to benefit bees. It also […]

Allergy sufferers beware, sneezing season has just begun

Marvin Pritts, a horticulture professor at Cornell University, explains why allergies are exceptionally bad this season and warns that while the rain provides temporary relief, it also promotes weed seed germination which will contribute to higher levels of pollen later this summer. Pritts says:  “In a year with a long, cold winter, flowering – and […]