Two Bees Better Than One

November 2006
Science & Children;Nov2006, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p8
Academic Journal
The article discusses the study conducted by Sarah Greenleaf and Claire Kremen which concerns about the impact of interaction of honey bees and wild native bees. According to Greenleaf, a post-doctoral researcher in plant pathology at the University of California, Davis, a lot of honey bee pollination happens because of the participation during the processes by wild native bees. Together with the help of Berkeley-based University of California assistant professor Claire Kremen, Greenleaf was able to observe the behavior of honey bees from managed hives and wild native bees in sunflower fields. Through the study, it was revealed that a single visit by a honey bee produced an average of three seeds. However, as wild bee numbers increased, the number of seeds produced likewise increases.


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