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Bees' medicine chest should include sunflower pollen, UMass Amherst study suggests


September 26, 2018

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A new study by Jonathan Giacomini and his former advisor, evolutionary ecologist Lynn Adler at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with others, found that eating sunflower pollen dramatically and consistently reduced a protozoan pathogen infection in bumblebees and reduced a microsporidian pathogen of the European honeybee, raising the possibility that sunflowers may provide a simple solution to improve the health of economically and ecologically important pollinators. Full Story

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