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Pollination gets the blues

posted on May 5, 2000


FRUIT FARMERS GET THE BLUES ... SOLID!

GOVERNMENT RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING WITH THE NATION'S FRUIT GROWERS TO FIND NEW POLLINATORS FOR THEIR CROPS.

BLUE ORCHARD BEES ARE BECOMING POPULAR FAVORITES WITH THE GROWERS. NAMED FOR THEIR IRIDESCENT BLUE BODIES, THE BEES ARE TOUTED BY SOME AS THE WORLD'S BEST POLLINATORS FOR SEVERAL KINDS OF FRUIT.

HONEY BEES HAVE BEEN THE TRADITIONAL POLLINATORS OF THE NATION'S FRUIT CROPS. BUT THE HONEY BEE POPULATION IN RECENT YEARS HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY DISEASE-CARRYING MITES, BEETLES AND MICROBES.


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