Amid Honeybee Die-off, Researchers Look to a Different Bee Species for Pollination Duties

Blueberries, Bee Health August 06, 2012|Print

Released August 3, 2012

BLUE HILL, Maine – Since 2006, much of the West has experienced unusually sharp declines in honeybee numbers, so much so that the unprecedented decline was given a name: Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon where worker bees seem to simply vanish. While scientists ponder the reasons for the collapse of honeybees, fruit farmers face extra pressure to pollinate their crops. Now, a handful of researchers in the Northeast are proposing that fruit growers in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut might look to the lesser-known members of the bee family to take up the slack.

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