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Beans Get a Bee Buzz
Tue Mar 5, 2013 01:48 PM CST

There’s a new buzz in the soybean field. Scientists now say natural pollinators like bees may also be important for self-pollinating crops, such as soybeans.

When colony collapse disorder began devastating bee populations in 2006, scientists started taking a closer look at all bees and pollination in general. While the honeybee has a reputation as a hard worker, it was native bees that turned out to be dominating pollination in a number of studies, says Steve Hendricks, a University of Iowa biologist.

“We found that most of the pollination at the produce farms we studied ...

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