|'Zombie' bees identified in Vt., 1st in Eastern US|
San Francisco Chronicle - 1/28/2014. By Beth Garbitelli - Vermont beekeepers face mite infestations, extreme temperature swings and the possibility of colony collapse. Last fall, a new threat emerged: zombie bees. A fly called Apocephalus borealis attaches itself to the bee and injects its eggs, which grow inside the bee. Scientists believe it causes neurological damage resulting in erratic, jerky movement and night activity, "like a zombie."
|Monsanto protesters arrested, GMO shareholder resolutions fail|
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 1/28/2014. By Tim Barker - The latest effort by activists targeting Monsanto’s genetic seed work resulted Tuesday in a pair of defeated shareholder resolutions and nearly a dozen arrests outside the company’s Creve Coeur headquarters.
|Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive|
Phys.org - 1/27/2014. By A'ndrea Elyse Messer - Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) – an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive – is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.