Notes from the Lab

I write a monthly column in American Bee Journal called “Notes from the Lab: The Latest Bee Science Distilled,” which reaches ~15,000 ABJ subscribers. Each month, I summarize a recent pollinator health paper from the primary literature for a non-scientific audience. The goal is to make the emerging pollinator health science more approachable and relevant to beekeepers and the public. American Bee Journal has allowed us to re-post the articles here. Click on the links below to see a PDF of each article:

August 2019: Summary of Jactel et al. 2019 [Environment International 129:423-429]: “Alternatives to neonicotinoids.” American Bee Journal 159(8):883-884. pdf

July 2019: Summary of Sponsler et al. 2019 [Science of the Total Environment 662:1012-1027]: “Pesticides and pollinators: A socioecological synthesis.” American Bee Journal 159(7):791-793. pdf

June 2019: Summary of Powney et al. 2019 [Nature Communications 10:1038]: “Widespread losses of pollinating insects in Britain.” American Bee Journal 159(6):683-685. pdf

May 2019: Summary of Wade et al. 2019 [Insects 10:20]: “Combined toxicity of insecticides and fungicides applied to California almond orchards to honey bee larvae and adults.” American Bee Journal 159(5):561-562. pdf

April 2019: Summary of Ramsey et al. 2019 [Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 116:1792-1801]: “Varroa destructor feeds primarily on honey bee fat body tissue and not hemolymph.” American Bee Journal 159(4):443-445. pdf

March 2019: Summary of Holder et al. 2018 [Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 115:13033-13038]: “Fipronil pesticide as a suspect in historical mass mortalities of honey bees.” American Bee Journal 159(3):281-282. pdf

February 2019: Summary of Evans et al. 2018 [Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 268:162-170]: “Wild, native bees and managed honey bees benefit from similar agricultural land uses.” American Bee Journal 159(2):199-201. pdf

January 2019: The “controversy” surrounding pesticide risk to bees. American Bee Journal 159(1):87-90. Co-authored with Dan Wixted, Cornell Pesticide Management Education Program. pdf

December 2018: Summary of Stamets et al. 2018 [Scientific Reports 8:13936]: “Extracts of polypore mushroom mycelia reduce viruses in honey bees.” American Bee Journal 158(12):1383-1385. pdf

November 2018: Summary of Nicholls et al. 2018 [Environmental Science and Technology 52:9391-9402]: “Monitoring neonicotinoid exposure for bees in rural and peri-urban areas of the U.K. during the transition from pre- to post-moratorium.” American Bee Journal 158(11):1279-1281. pdf

October 2018: Summary of Kent et al. 2018 [Frontiers in Genetics 9:316]: “Conservation genomics of the declining North American bumblebee Bombus terricola reveals inbreeding and selection on immune genes.” American Bee Journal 158(10):1169-1170. pdf

September 2018: Summary of Utzeri et al. 2018 [Scientific Reports 8:9996]: “Entomological signatures in honey: an environmental DNA metabarcoding approach can disclose information on plant-sucking insects in agricultural and forest landscapes”. American Bee Journal 158(9):1063-1064. pdf

August 2018: Summary of Oddie et al. 2018 [Scientific Reports 8:7704]: “Rapid parallel evolution overcomes global honey bee parasite”. American Bee Journal 158(8):937-938. pdf

July 2018: Summary of Fisher et al. 2018 [Journal of Economic Entomology 111:510-516]: “The effects of the insect growth regulators methoxyfenozide and pyriproxyfen and the acaricide bifenazate on honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) forager survival”. American Bee Journal 158(7):821-822. pdf

June 2018: Summary of Luchetti et al. 2018 [Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 285:20172849]: “Nursing protects honey bee larvae from secondary metabolites of pollen”. American Bee Journal 158(6):701-702. pdf

May 2018: Summary of Bailes et al. 2018 [Biology Letters 14:20180001]: “First detection of bee viruses in hoverfly (syrphid) pollinators”. American Bee Journal 158(5):583-584. pdf

April 2018: Summary of Ziegelmann et al. 2018 [Scientific Reports 8:363]: “Lithium chloride effectively kills the honey bee parasite Varroa destructor by a systemic mode of action. American Bee Journal 158(4):461-462. pdf

March 2018: Summary of Liao et al. 2017 [Scientific Reports 7:15924]: “Behavioral responses of honey bees (Apis mellifera) to natural and synthetic xenobiotics in food”. American Bee Journal 158(3):333-334. pdf

February 2018: Summary of Lopez-Uribe et al. 2017 [Conservation Genetics 18:659-666]: “Higher immunocompetence is associated with higher genetic diversity in feral honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera). American Bee Journal 158(2):203-204. pdf

January 2018: Summary of Hallmann et al. 2017 [Plos One 12(10):e0185809]: “More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas”. American Bee Journal 158(1):53. pdf

December 2017: Summary of Mitchell et al. 2017 [Science 358:109-111]: “A worldwide survey of neonicotinoids in honey.” American Bee Journal 157(12):1283-1284. pdf