Bee colonies with promiscuous queens have a better chance of survival

Right now, bee colonies are suffering dramatic die-offs. This has implications for food security, since we need bees to fertilize a lot of our staple fruit crops, including apples. Now a new scientific study suggests one way to ensure the health of a hive is to make sure its queen is promiscuous. » 6/27/13 2:21pm 6/27/13 2:21pm

Honey bee apocalypse may not be caused by evil corporations after all

We've suspected for quite some time now that cutting-edge insecticides were responsible for the catastrophic hive crashes that are inflicting honey bee populations. But recent evidence suggests that this may not be the case — instead, Colony Collapse Disorder is the result of a highly contagious virus that's being… » 6/08/12 11:06am 6/08/12 11:06am

Genetic Superbees More Badass Than James Bond

Colony Collapse Disorder has everyone worried that Western honey bees will vanish, leaving our crops un-pollinated, our biscuits un-honeyed, and our ears bereft of the sound of buzzing. One man, however, thinks he might be able to stop the spread of insect diseases and parasitic mites that are probable causes of CCD.… » 11/09/08 4:00pm 11/09/08 4:00pm