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Bumblebees can trick plants into flowering early

May 21st, 2020

There’s a secret bumblebee trick that can trigger plants to flower a month earlier than they would otherwise. Researchers in Switzerland discovered that when bumblebees chew a specific pattern into the leaves of a plant, it flowers up to 30 days early. Attempts to replicate the phenomenon by damaging the plants in a similar manner …

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Pesticides are messing with the brains of baby bees

March 4th, 2020

In case you hadn’t already heard: Bee populations are being devastated on a global scale due to the use of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. This is bad news for a variety of reasons, but at the top of the list is the fact that many bees are vital pollinators that allow plants to reproduce. …