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Posted: May 7, 2014 5:55 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Honeybees. Pestisides. Toxic deaths

For the last 8 years, beekeepers have noted vast depletions in their colonies. WBRZ's Brittany Weiss covered the local angle on this story as researchers verified reasons for the reduction. Honeybees pollinate crops and are as fundamental to food production as water or sunlight. The unusual evidence includes piled and layered dead bees under hives. Living bees cannot fly and appear to be stunned and incapacitated. Additional research at Purdue University suggests honeybees are victims of an insecticide dispensed on corn kernels to prevent seeds from sticking together when planted. Toxic material on a single kernel of corn can kill hundreds of thousands of honeybees. Brittany noted that misuse of pesticides is retarding bee production.

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