Monday, February 26, 2007

Where Did All the Bees Go?
Honeybees are essential to raising certain plants, fruits and even nuts. We don't know a better way to pollinate's many crops. But tomorrow's NYTimes reports that there's a problem...
Now, in a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie, bees are flying off in search of pollen and nectar and simply never returning to their colonies. And nobody knows why. Researchers say the bees are presumably dying in the fields, perhaps becoming exhausted or simply disoriented and eventually falling victim to the cold.

As researchers scramble to find answers to the syndrome they have decided to call “colony collapse disorder,” growers are becoming openly nervous about the capability of the commercial bee industry to meet the growing demand for bees to pollinate dozens of crops, from almonds to avocados to kiwis.

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