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    Default Honeybees finding it harder to eat at America's bee hot spot

    Honeybees finding it harder to eat at America’s bee hot spot

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Bees are having a much harder time finding food in the region known as America’s last honeybee refuge, a new federal study found.

    The country’s hot spot for commercial beekeeping is the Northern Great Plains of the Dakotas and neighboring areas, where more 1 million colonies spend their summer feasting on pollen and nectar from nearby wildflowers and other plants.

    But from 2006 to 2016, more than half the conservation land within a mile of bee colonies was converted into agriculture, usually row crops such as soybeans and corn, said the study’s lead author Clint Otto of the U.S. Geological Survey. Those crops hold no food for bees.

    For more than a decade, bees and other pollinators in America have been dwindling in numbers because of a variety of problems, including poor nutrition, pesticides, parasites and disease. And outside experts said this study highlights another problem that affects the health of bees.

    This area – which Otto called “America’s last honeybee refuge” – lost about 629 square miles of prime bee habitat, according to the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darigoni View Post
    Honeybees finding it harder to eat at America’s bee hot spot

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Bees are having a much harder time finding food in the region known as America’s last honeybee refuge, a new federal study found.

    The country’s hot spot for commercial beekeeping is the Northern Great Plains of the Dakotas and neighboring areas, where more 1 million colonies spend their summer feasting on pollen and nectar from nearby wildflowers and other plants.

    But from 2006 to 2016, more than half the conservation land within a mile of bee colonies was converted into agriculture, usually row crops such as soybeans and corn, said the study’s lead author Clint Otto of the U.S. Geological Survey. Those crops hold no food for bees.

    For more than a decade, bees and other pollinators in America have been dwindling in numbers because of a variety of problems, including poor nutrition, pesticides, parasites and disease. And outside experts said this study highlights another problem that affects the health of bees.

    This area – which Otto called “America’s last honeybee refuge” – lost about 629 square miles of prime bee habitat, according to the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
    Do you have a link to this please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squatchy View Post
    Do you have a link to this please?
    It was actually a blurb in my local (New Hampshire) paper, but I Googled "honey bees" in the news and found this:


    https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wi...-spot-56323217


    https://www.twincities.com/2018/07/0...o-agriculture/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squatchy View Post
    Do you have a link to this please?
    For the research article:

    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/06/26/1800057115

    And a 2016, related article by the same primary author: http://www.pnas.org/content/113/37/10430
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley View Post
    For the research article:

    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/06/26/1800057115

    And a 2016, related article by the same primary author: http://www.pnas.org/content/113/37/10430
    Thanks for the links guys
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