Monday, January 9, 2012

Building a Better Bee

Via the washington post a few months ago:

"With as many as one-third of honeybee colonies routinely dying off each year and the rest requiring extraordinary care, the quest for a better bee has become critical."

We've talked about bees a lot in the past and we're glad to see some people are trying to do something about the big problem.

"Marla Spivak, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota, began breeding bees to fight back nearly 20 years ago. She froze pupae and waited to see which colonies would fastidiously remove the corpses from the hive. This hygienic trait, first observed in the 1940s when young were killed by disease, was effective in breaking the life cycle of the mite"

Thanks Marla!

[image via google images from... who knows where google finds these things.]

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