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    Dangerous bee virus might be innocent bystander

    Dangerous bee virus might be innocent bystander

    Beekeepers urged to rethink fears around deadly virus. A study challenges the long-held belief that the parasitic Varroa mite transmits the deformed wing virus of honeybees and in doing so changes the virus to make it more virulent and deadly.

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    Future of US citrus may hinge on consumer acceptance of genetically modified food

    Future of US citrus may hinge on consumer acceptance of genetically modified food

    The battle to save the citrus industry is pitting a team of agriculture researchers against a formidable brown bug, the Asian citrus psyllid, which spreads citrus greening disease.

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    No Buzz, No Problem: Study Shows How Honey Bees Pollinate Blueberries

    No Buzz, No Problem: Study Shows How Honey Bees Pollinate Blueberries

    Because blueberry flowers are bell shaped, with their interior recessed in a tube of petals, effective release of pollen from the flowers depends on an insect behavior of rapidly vibrating wing muscles, called buzz pollination. Honey bees do not perform buzz pollination, and thus are thought to be inefficient as blueberry pollinators. Despite this, all large blueberry farms of five or more acres rent honey bee hives, and the honey bees successfully aid in crop pollination.

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