1. Bees Diversify Diet to Take the Sting Out of Nutritional Deficiencies

    Bees Diversify Diet to Take the Sting Out of Nutritional Deficiencies

    New research shows that honey bees forage for a diet that balances their colony’s specific nutritional deficits.

    While pesticides and pathogens pose clear threats to honey bee health, the need of bee colonies for balanced nutrition is gaining increasing appreciation. As colonies are kept in agricultural areas for crop pollination, they may encounter nutritional deficits when foraging predominantly on one pollen source. In California almond orchards for instance, 1.6 million colonies are kept every year, despite the risk of low floral diversity, which can reduce the life expectancy of bees.

    In light of the challenge that agricultural intensification ...

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