Three-year study finds possible alternatives to honey bees
Lanham, MD; March 24, 2009 – Over the past few years, honey bee keepers have experienced problems due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has hurt honey bee populations, causing some growers of fruits, nuts and vegetables to wonder how their crops will be pollinated in the future. A new study published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America shows that wild bees, which are not affected by CCD, may serve as a pollination alternative. [Read full article]
Entomological Society of America
Note: The full research paper (pdf) is well worth a read. Besides the research conclusions, it demonstrates the methods used for pan trap surveying over a 3 year period, and dealing with sample sizes of 12000+ bees covering 167 species.