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Pesticides threaten all 4,000 bee species in North America. Why does research focus on saving just one?

For the past decade or so, we’ve been obsessed with the plight of honeybees—those intensively managed colonies that pollinate $20 billion worth of fruits and vegetables every year, including California’s vast fields of white almond blossoms, which are dying at an alarming rate. The outpouring of public concern around colony collapse disorder has led to more funding for research, and new laws to increase and protect land for pollinators. It’s become a lifestyle, too: think of the rooftop beekeeper, righteously restoring honeybee habitat, and being quirky about it, too.  Read more...

 

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