Texas Gov. Greg Abbott requested Texas A&M AgriLife set up the group to prevent the Asian giant hornet from settling in his state.
"The most interesting about bees is their communication," said entomologist Morgan Carr-Markell.
Researchers studying insecticide use on U.S. crops show that overall use has declined in the last 20 years, but what is being used is more toxic to bees.
"This discovery is striking given how small their brains are," researcher Gene Robinson said.
Scientists tracked queens during a period in their lives when they collect a lifetime's worth of sperm from males.
Two beehives on the roof of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge are home to some 2,000 bees, and their "Rooftop Honey" is used in the hotel's in-house restaurant.
Urban farming is all the rage these days - it is a source of organic produce and attracts bees - helping the environment.
In a "bee treadmill" experiment, the pesticide reduced the length of time and distance that the insects could fly.
Concern has been growing about the effects of agricultural pesticides on the health of bees.
The bees' prevalence of Deformed Wing Virus decreased more than 800-fold.
Only a handful of animals are known to understand the concept.
The new ban adds stricter restrictions to the 2013 decision.
A pesticide manufacturer called the proposed ban "overly conservative" and "extremely impractical."
In the last year, U.S. beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their hives.
Some don't think it goes far enough.
Scientists don't yet know why more bees are now dying in the summer.