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Monsanto Forms Honey Bee Advisory Council


Monsanto announced last week that it has formed the Honey Bee Advisory Council, which is composed of academics and members from the beekeeping community, to help guide its bee health research and development efforts.

Monsanto said it unveiled the council during a three-day summit of bee experts from the private and public sectors, who discussed challenges facing honey bees.

The company also provided an update on Forage for Pollinating Bees, a three-year alliance with Project Apis m. to encourage California landowners to plant honey bee forage on land that would otherwise be unused.

Monsanto's Beeologics division is currently developing a number of products geared towards bee health, including RNAi-based treatments for the colony collapse-related infection Israeli acute paralysis virus.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.