DailyDirt: The Disappearing Bee

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People usually don't think too much about how important bees are to the quality of human life. As pollinators, bees play an important role in the survival of crops that depend on them. The mass die-off of bees, also known as "Colony Collapse Disorder," can have detrimental effects on economies that depend heavily on pollinator-dependent crops. Scientists are just starting to figure out what might be causing these mass die-offs, while others are working on alternatives to using bees for pollination. Here are a few links related to the disappearing bee. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: bees, blue orchard bees, colony collapse disorder, crops, environment, farming, fruits, fungicides, honey bees, insects, leafcutter bees, pesticides, pollination
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    Rekrul, 8 Aug 2013 @ 6:55pm

    You know all those warnings about bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics? Or weeds becoming immune to herbicides?

    Makes you wonder why only the harmful things in nature seem to be able to adapt and overcome the stuff killing them off, while the beneficial things die off left and right.

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