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Pollinator-friendly plants like sunflowers and thyme could help save Britain's dwindling bumblebee population, study suggests

Plants such as sunflowers and thyme could help save Britain's dwindling bumblebee population, a new study suggests. Scientists have found that planting rows of pollinator-friendly plants – known as flowering strips – increases bee reproduction and population numbers. While these plants harbour the harmful parasite Crithidia bombi, associated with reduced bee foraging and mortality, reproduction benefits outweigh infection risks. The team found that some flower species, such as the colourful Purple loosestrife, increase parasite transmission rates in bee colonies more than other species, such as sunflower and thyme.  Read more....

 

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