Where Have All The Flowers Gone: Complexity and Worldwide Bee Declines

Bee Culture - Catch the Buzz    January 23, 2016

Over the past two decades, bee declines worldwide have drawn international attention. Managed honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies decreased by 25% over 20 years in Europe and 59% over 58 years in North America, and many bumble bee populations in Europe and North America have gone locally extinct, resulting in dramatic range contractions. It is important to note that not all bees in allplaces are declining. Some populations are actually growing, and there are many more for which data are insufficient or nonexistent. However, given the potential agricultural and ecological consequences, several governmental agencies, including the Obama administration, have issued initiatives to combat dwindling bee populations. As we attempt to pinpoint why bees are declining and how we can help them...

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Ncole Miller-Struttmann Assistant Professor of Biology at SUNY – Old Westbury

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