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Survey Sees Biggest US Honeybee Winter Die-Off Yet

Survey Sees Biggest US Honeybee Winter Die-Off Yet Photo: WDIO, File

SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
Created: June 19, 2019 01:28 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - A survey of beekeeper shows that winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet.

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The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership from several universities finds that nearly 38% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss.

University of Maryland's Dennis vanEngelsdorp, president of the bee partnership and co-author of the survey, says beekeepers had been seeing fewer winter colony losses until now.

He calls Wednesday's results troubling.

Bees pollinate $15 billion worth of U.S. food crops. One-third of the human diet comes from pollinators.

For more than a decade, bees have been in trouble with scientists blaming mites, diseases, pesticides and loss of food.

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SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

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