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New Prediction Model Provides Insight on Bees

According to a 2015-16 U.S. Agriculture Department-funded survey, beekeepers in the United States lost a recorded 44 percent of their honeybee colonies, with many placing the blame on the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), itself likely caused by other factors—pesticides, habitat loss, pathogens, parasites, or malnutrition. CCD, which results when almost all of…

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Are Honeybees Attracted to the Chemicals Causing Them Harm?

Based on several recent experiments, there is a strong possibility that honeybees are drawn to the same chemicals that could mean their downfall, with the experiments themselves featuring bees that preferred water mixed with the chemicals and not just sugar. These findings, which were published recently in Scientific Reports, indicate that popular fungicides and herbicides…

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