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Bee Populations Decline Sharply in the U.S.

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January 7, 2011

Love them or hate them (and I love them, but don’t ask me about the nasty wasps…….grrrr), bees are essential to pollinate both wild and commercial plants around the globe. That’s why it’s so frightening to hear about a study that concludes that bee populations are falling dramatically.

Sydney Cameron, an entomologist at the University of Illinois led a team to review the distribution, genetic diversity and pathogens in eight species of bumblebees in the United States. She compared the team results to museum records on population and discovered that four of the sampled species had declined up to 96% in just two decades.

Cameron’s study is not unique. Other studies done in the United Kingdom show that 25 British species of bumblebee are already extinct, and half of those that remain are in serious decline.

Bees pollinate 90% of the world’s commercial plants including fruits, vegetables and nuts. Coffee, soya beans and cotton also depend on pollination to increase yields.

Read this fascinating article at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/03/bumblebees-study-us-decline

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