Topic: Bees

Tiny Bees Play Big Part in Sex Lives of Trees

Nov. 6, 2017
Stingless Bee

When it comes to sex between plants, tiny bees the size of ladybugs play a critical role in promoting the genetic diversity that protects against disease, climate change and other threats.

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Social Bees Kept Their Gut Microbes for 80 Million Years

March 29, 2017
A common eastern bumble bee, Bombus impatiens, from the U.S.

Bacteria living in the guts of social bees have been passed from generation to generation for 80 million years, evolving into unique strains that can only live in their specific hosts.

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Overuse of Antibiotics Brings Risks for Bees — and for Us

March 14, 2017
Honeybees Tagged for Research

A new study suggests antibiotics could play a role in colony collapse disorder.

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Protecting Pollinators: UT Researchers Buzzing About Bees

May 19, 2015
Native bee (Andrena sp.) on coneflower (Insects Unlocked)

On May 19, President Barack Obama announced new steps to protect pollinators, bees in particular. Researchers on the Forty Acres, meanwhile, have been studying bees and protecting pollinations. Here's a quick look at some of the bee-related projects on which Longhorns are working.

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Bumblebees Do Best Where There Is Less Pavement and More Floral Diversity

Dec. 24, 2012

Landscapes with large amounts of paved roads and impervious construction have lower numbers of ground-nesting bumblebees, which are important native pollinators, a study from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Berkeley shows.

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