From flower emblazoned cemeteries to rooftop gardens and balconies, Norway's capital Oslo is creating a "bee highway" to protect endangered pollinators essential to food production.
Honeybees probably originated in Asia, not Africa, said scientists who had teased interesting tidbits from the busy little pollinators' genome.
Venom from one of the world's most poisonous spiders may help save the world's honeybees, providing a biopesticide that kills pests but spares the precious pollinators, a study said.
Bee venom to combat multiple sclerosis, pollen for indigestion, honey to heal wounds -- the humble bee has been a key source of alternative medicines since ancient times, and Romania is working to keep the tradition of "apitherapy" alive.
Many countries in Europe face a worrying lack of crop-pollinating honeybees, a problem caused mainly by an EU policy shift in favour of biofuels.
Bees have a much greater economic value than is widely known, according to a scientific probe into strawberry-growing published on Wednesday.
Patients in China are swarming to acupuncture clinics to be given bee stings to treat or ward off life-threatening illness.
Kazakhstan President promised government subsidies to bee farmers of North-Kazakhstan oblast to help them develop anew breed of bees.