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Every week we share interesting stories about the environment πŸŒŽπŸ’š. In this week’s edition...Walmart’s new policy to save the bees, Queen bee pheromones, rare greater one-horned rhino populations rebound, new frog species in the Amazon, and fossilized beetle poop.
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Walmart Takes a Stand to Help Save the Bees

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Walmart announced a new policy to help save bees and other pollinators. The company implemented the Pollinator Health Position in 2020, but the latest revision will demand more action from farmers.

By 2025, Walmart aims to source 100% of its fresh produce and flowers from suppliers who use an Integrated Pest Management system.

"We are also encouraging fresh produce suppliers to phase out use of chlorpyrifos and nitroguanidine neonicotinoids pesticides.."

Walmart will also encourage fresh produce suppliers to "protect, restore or establish pollinator habitats by 2025 on at least 3% of the land they own operate and/or invest in and report annual progress."

Let's hope this action encourages other grocery retailers to take the same action!

Honeybees Create 'Scent Maps' to Locate the Queen

Queen bee surrounded by workers in a hive
Queen bee surrounded by workers

A study published in the National Academy of Sciences has found that honeybees use olfactory communication to relay the queen's pheromones beyond the hive.

The queen's messaging includes caste recognition, regulating foraging activities, nursing instructions, and alarm broadcasting. Foraging workers also use the pheromone network to find their way back to the hive.

Indian Rhino Populations on the Rise in Nepal

The greater one-horned rhino (or β€œIndian rhino”) and calf
The greater one-horned rhino (or β€œIndian rhino”) and calf - Image credit: WWF

Rare greater one-horned rhino (or "Indian rhino") populations continue to grow in Nepal. At the beginning of the 1900s, Indian rhino populations in Nepal plummeted to as low as 200, mostly from overhunting.

Today, there are around 3,700 greater one-horned rhinos roaming northeastern India and Nepal. The World Wildlife Fund notes the species' revival as one of Asia's greatest conservation success stories.

New Frog Species Discovered in the Peruvian Amazon

Details about the newly discovered Gratrotheca gemma with picture of the frog and map location of discovery in Peru
Details about the newly discovered Gratrotheca gemma - Image source SERNANP

The National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) announced the discovery of a new species of marsupial frog in the Peruvian Amazon.

The Gratrotheca gemma is green in color with beautiful turquoise eyes. We hope to learn more about this amphibian over the coming months and years.

Fossil Reveals Diet of Cretaceous Pollinator

Image of Cretaceous short-winged flower beetle
Dorsal view of Pelretes vivificus, a Cretaceous short-winged flower beetle (Kateretidae) from Burmese amber (~99 Ma). Scale bar: 200 ΞΌm. - Image credit: Chenyang Cai, Yanzhe Fu and Yitong Su

Researchers from the University of Bristol and the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS) have been sifting through fossilized beetle poop to learn more about the ancient pollinator's diet.

"The beetle is associated with clusters of pollen grains, suggesting that short-winged flower beetles visited angiosperms in the Cretaceous. Some aspects of the beetle's anatomy, such as its hairy abdomen, are also adaptations associated with pollination,"
Professor Chenyang Cai, a paleontologist from the School of Earth Sciences and NIGPAS.

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