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  • A little prairie can rescue honey bees from famine on the farm, study finds

    Honey bee hives placed near flowering prairies in late summer and early fall were much healthier than those left near soybean fields after August, the researchers found.

    Honey bee hives placed near flowering prairies in late summer and early fall were much healthier than those left near soybean fields after August, the researchers found.

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  • Editor’s notes:
    To reach Adam Dolezal, call 217-300-6762; email adolezal@illinois.edu.  
    To reach Matthew O’Neal, call 515-451-3168; email oneal@iastate.edu.
    To reach Amy Toth, call 515-294-3121; email amytoth@iastate.edu.

    The paper “Native habitat mitigates feast/famine conditions faced by honey bees in an agricultural landscape” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1912801116