Jun 10, 2015

Are HoneyBees dying en masse?

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?

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For those interested in bees, the 20th May issue of Nature has a free to access Supplement on bees, which includes assessments of the state of knowledge and opinions on status and future of bees as pollinators in context on current agriculture practices. See http://www.nature.com/nature/outlook/bees/

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