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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 1, 2010

Threats to Honey Bees and Food Crops

Are Native Bees and Plants the Solution?

The “Secret Marin” Blog recently posted a story,  Our Busy and Threatened Bees, about the threats of disease and mites to honey bees in Marin County and elsewhere.  This has significant implications as honey bees are important pollinators of many food crops.  http://secretmarin.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-busy-and-threatened-bees.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SecretMarin+%28Secret+Marin%29

This has been an ongoing problem and here are links so a few past related stories.

Declining Bee Population Threatens Major Growers (at NPR) by John Nielson http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6299480

Scientists stumped as bee population declines further published  March 29th, 2010 in Biology / Plants & Animals: http://www.physorg.com/print189058713.html

One possible solution is to increase the population of Native Bees as they are more efficient pollinators than European Honey Bees.  Here is an article on making your garden more bee friendly.  Bee-friendly gardening http://grownatives.cnps.org/2010/03/31/bee-friendly-gardening/

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