honey bees

Bee Sperm Bank
4:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

WSU Researchers To Create Sperm Bank For Honey Bees

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Washington State University scientists are developing a sperm bank to capture the biodiversity of honey bees. The hope is to breed stronger pollinators, since populations keep declining.

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Losses In Honey Bee Colonies
4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Northwest Beekeepers Impatient With Cautious EPA

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Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:53 pm

A swarm of factors is causing heavy losses in honey bee colonies. That's the bottom line of a report issued jointly Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report identifies a parasitic mite as a leading culprit in combination with diseases, poor nutrition, genetics and pesticide exposure. People who care about bees here in the Northwest were underwhelmed.

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