UNLV Researchers Fight Disease Affecting Honeybees

Bee Health July 10, 2012|Print

Released July 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS -- Two scientists who work in a lab down a maze of hallways in a building at the edge of UNLV's campus are on the verge of stopping the human race from starving to death.

They will say that's an exaggeration. That they and the university will not, in fact, make a billion dollars off their discovery. That they're just furthering the cause of science.

Except, it might not be an exaggeration at all.

A third of all the food we eat was pollinated by honeybees. That includes most fruits, nuts and vegetables.

A million honeybees are trucked into California every year just to pollinate crops. A study by Cornell University estimated the value of the country's honeybee pollination industry at $19 billion a year.

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