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Canada seeks to breed a better honey bee

Following a massive bee die-off in parts of the world, two Canadian universities on Wednesday launched an effort to breed honey bees resistant to pests and diseases. Led by the universities of Guelph and Manitoba, the program will try to breed a better bee through genetic selection. It will also…

UN alarmed at huge decline in bee numbers

GENEVA – The UN on Thursday expressed alarm at a huge decline in bee colonies under a multiple onslaught of pests and pollution, urging an international effort to save the pollinators that are vital for food crops. Much of the decline, ranging up to 85 percent in some areas, is…