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Royal Jelly May Chemically Modify Bee's Genome

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Pune, April 9, 2008 (Source: IT Wire, Technology News, March 15, 2008): Scientists from the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University (ANU) recently found that royal jelly could chemically modify the bee's genome by a process called DNA methylation.

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How and Why Honey Bee Dance Language Evolved?

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Pune, April 30, 2008 (compiled by: MCS; sources: 1,2): Evolution of sociality necessitated information sharing among the members of the society. Complex signaling mechanisms evolved to recruit group members to new-found food sources.
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Bee Dances and Worker Recruitment – New Research

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Pune, April 21, 2008 (sources: 1,2): Honey bee foragers communicate to their nest mates the information of forage sources through dances. Waggle dance conveys information of the distance and direction of the forage source.
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Honey Bees Don't Pollinate Large Cardamom

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Pune, May 23, 2008 (compiled by: MCS): It is now well established that honey bees (Apis cerana) are important pollinators of the the common or elite cardamom, Elettaria cardamomum, a commercial crop in the southern Western Ghats region.
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US Colony Losses on the Increase

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Pune, May 6, 2008 (source: CNN.com May 6, 2008): A survey including 327 apiarists, who account for 19 per cent of the USA's approximately 244 million commercially managed bee hives, showed that 36.1 per cent of these hives were lost this past year.
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