Jane Stout

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Workers bees and a queen bee, yellow spot on back. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Researchers in universities across Ireland are to embark on a networking with communities in a joint effort to help Irish bees survive and thrive. It(...)

Beautiful ‘bee-friendly’ planting at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre and winner of the Green Flag for parks Pollinator Award in 2017 for the preservation of bees and other pollinating insects. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

We humans are pretty smart cookies. We can solve pretty much most problems thrown at us by the world around us. We have innovated, invented and engine(...)

Irish workers bees and a queen bee with a yellow spot on back pictured in a hive. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has joined a group of 20 countries trying to halt a decline in bee populations that threatens food production and biodiversity. Pollinators, (...)

Proper planning and proper evidence-based design can encompass  interventions such as green walls, green roofs, rainwater gardens, sustainable urban drainage systems and anti-pollution planting regimes.

There’s nothing natural about cities, is there? Built by people, for people, using man-made materials, with manicured green spaces full of specimen tr(...)

What’s best for bees . . . a case of trial and error? Photograph: Cyril Byrne
Show me the evidence!

One of the biggest motivations for me as a scientific researcher is to provide the evidence for other people to make decisions. It’s even on my webpag(...)

Resolution fulfilled: A 3-D image of the hole in the ozone layer high above Antarctica. Collective human effort through the banning of chlorofluorocarbons helped fill in the hole. Image: Nasa

So come on, who out there has made new year resolutions for self-improvement? Going to the gym, eating more veg, drinking less, less stress at work? S(...)

A whopping 75 per cent of food crop species need pollination to maximise the amount of seed or fruit produced

It may seem blindingly obvious, but unlike birds, mammals and insects, plants can’t move around to find a mate. So when it comes to ensuring their gen(...)

Mistletoe – an invasive species in every sense –  comes into its own at Christmas time. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A family Christmas is always a hodgepodge of influences. In our family, the kids open their stockings when they wake up, but they have to wait until e(...)

“The harvest festivals of my youth have been overtaken by something closer to a festival of waste that celebrates disposable plastic decorations, single-use kids’ costumes and enormous buckets of sweets, each one in its own little unrecyclable cellophane wrapper.” Photograph: David Sleator
Halloween is a load of rubbish

What are you doing for Halloween? I know what I’ll be doing. As soon as the kids’ sugar slumps kick in and the face paint is packed away, I’ll be sitt(...)

Native Irish honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera. Photograph: David Raleigh

The pure native Irish honeybee is not extinct as previously feared and is living in many parts of the island of Ireland, a post-graduate research stud(...)

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