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The Exchange

A Decline In Bees: What's Going On With Our Pollinators?

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Behind recent declines in bee populations are threats as diverse as pesticides, disease, and climate change.  And fewer bees could mean a widespread hit to many types of agriculture. We’ll talk with beekeepers and researchers about what they’re seeing,  also what the future might hold, and what could be done.

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  • UNH opens a 'bee hotel' as part of native bee species study: “This study will establish the first complete diversity assessment of native bees in the region and also provide a better understanding of pollinator diversity and ecology," says Rehan, who leads the study."
  • White House announces plan to counter bee decline: '"Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States," the White House said in a statement announcing the establishment of a multi-agency task force and other measures.'

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