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Scientists Have Some Wild Ideas for Solving Our Big Bee Problem

Experts have ideas ranging from technological fixes to personal support



    Well-documented on the West Coast, a few "zombie bees” have been detected more recently in Eastern states. While the breadth of the zombie plague remains unknown, it adds yet another stressor on honey bee populations. (Published Friday, Oct. 9, 2015)

    The bee population is declining, and now, scientists have some interesting ideas for how to save them, NBC News reported.

    One researcher suggests using technology by developing an insect-sized drone capable of artificially pollinating flowering plants. At Monsanto, a technique called RNA interference is being developed, which could potentially kill varroa mites, a parasite that is capable of killing off entire colonies. Experts also say that political action would be helpful.

    On the other hand, some are going as far as converting their property into bee-friendly gardens. These areas would include nesting habitats, water sources, nectar and pollen.

    "I think everyone owes it to themselves to open a colony of bees at least once in their life because it is just awe-inspiring," said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Maryland and project manager for Bee Informed.

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