Honey Bees Are More Effective at Pollinating Almonds When other Species of Bees are Present

  UC Davis, Department of Entomology 1/10/12

DAVIS--Honey bees are more effective at pollinating almonds when other species of bees are present, says an international research team in ground-breaking research just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. The research, which took place in California’s almond orchards in Yolo, Colusa and Stanislaus counties, could prove invaluable in increasing the pollination effectiveness of honey bees, as demand for their pollination service grows.

When blue orchard bees and wild bees are foraging in almonds with honey bees, the behavior of  honey bees changes, resulting in more effective crop pollination...

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