Bumblebee Populations Declining

Wild bumblebee populations around the globe are declining. According to a study authored by Mark Brown of the University of London - a major source of the decline is the spillover of parasites and pathogens and disease from managed honeybee hives. He says the ailments causing the decline of commercialized honeybees are hurting bumblebees even more. Co-Author Matthias Furst notes the research doesn't prove the diseases go from honeybees to bumblebees - but the evidence points heavily in that direction. He says bumblebees likely pick up the diseases when they go to flowers after infected honeybees or when they invade honeybee hives and steal nectar. The study did not look at colony collapse disorder.

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