As bees perish, researchers search for causes and solutions
By Dan Gunderson / Minnesota Public Radio
Elbow Lake, Minn. -- In a sprawling bee yard, beekeeper Steve Ellis, wearily surveyed 1,300 hives destined for fields across the countryside.
Given that bees pollinate fruits, vegetables and nuts, and pollination is required for about one third of all food production, he should be enthused about their summer journey.
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