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UW asks, where have all the bees gone?April 24, 2012 @ 7:03 pm (Updated: 5:18 pm - 4/25/12 )
Pesticides, extreme weather and environmental changes have been blamed for a decline in the world's prime pollination population - bees.
University of Washington scientists have a plan to monitor the local bee population that involves Seattle p-patches. They want gardeners to grow and monitor specially selected tomato plants.
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"Citizen scientists" will performing experiments and collecting data to help researchers track the number and diversity of native bee populations around the Seattle area. What are the environmental influences on local bees? The UW believes it will find out through this project. If you're interested, buzz over to their website .
Although honeybees get most of the attention when scientists talk about "colony collapse disorder," they're not the only bees in danger, according to the UW. The bumble bee population is also plummeting.
About one-third of what we eat depends on bees for pollination. During the winter of 2006-2007, some beekeepers began to report unusually high losses - at least 30 percent of their hives. As many as 50 percent of all affected colonies demonstrated symptoms inconsistent with any known causes of honeybee death.
The most recent U.S. Agriculture Department research from 2009 shows honey bee colony losses nationwide were approximately 29 percent.
By LINDA THOMAS
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