Tumbling bumblebee populations linked to fungicides

ITHACA, N.Y. – When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides. Instead, they found a shocker: fungicides, commonly thought to have no impact. “Insecticides work; they kill insects. Fungicides have been […]

Tiny mite takes a major bite out of NYS honeybee population, threatens fruit and vegetable crops

ITHACA, N.Y. – A tiny mite is causing major problems for New York’s honeybee population and is threatening the fruit and vegetable crops that are a major part of the state’s agriculture industry. The varroa mite is a common parasite that weakens honeybee colonies by feeding on bee blood and fat stores, and transmitting deadly […]

Leap of faith proves pollination can be honeybee free

ITHACA, N.Y. – As the state’s land-grant institution, Cornell University was born to explore science for the public good – a mission that can sometimes require a leap of faith. Just such a leap is paying off now at Cornell Orchards in Ithaca, as researchers and managers from the Horticulture Section of the School of […]

Supporting pollinators – Don’t forget about wild bees

Bryan Danforth, professor in Cornell’s Department of Entomology studies the role of wild (native) bees in crop pollination, remind people that while the federal government’s interest in reversing the decline in honey bees is a step in the right direction, they shouldn’t forget the native wild pollinators who also provide important pollination services for agricultural […]

Wild bees could save the day for farms as honeybees decline

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Wild bees could save the day for farms as honeybees decline Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2013 Bryan N. Danforth, a bee expert and Professor of Entomology at Cornell University, discusses the growing importance of wild, native bees as alternative pollinators. As the non-native, domesticated honeybee (Apis mellifera) continues to show declines […]