Food for Mankind

You’re Worrying About the Wrong Bees

“Save the Bees!” is a common refrain these days, and it’s great to see people interested in the little animals critical for our food supply around the globe. But I have one quibble: you’re talking about the wrong bees. Honey… read more

Ants – pests or pest controllers?

While many are used to thinking of ants as pests  – especially during the summertime -, ( see f.i. on this site Cleaning tips to avoid pests in your home)  new research (published in British Ecological Society’s Journal of Applied… read more

Forests can play key role to end global hunger

Trees offer a multitude of ecological services. For instance, they support bees and other pollinators, which are essential for crop production including on farmland. They also provide animal fodder that enables communities to produce meat and milk, and protect streams… read more

Farmers Urge Return of Jaguars to Protect Crops

Cerrado corn crop with peccaries (Photo by Brendan Borrell) Margie Peixoto was driving her pickup across her farm in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul one February afternoon when she spotted some broken corn stalks and a trio… read more

Nectar Helps Bees’ Medicine Go Down

In addition to fuel, nectar from various plant species contains chemical compounds that reduce the numbers of a common gut parasite in bumblebees. Home-based bird watchers might have mixed up a batch of  ‘nectar’  to  attract the feathered objects of… read more