Drone pollinators could help relieve overburdened bees

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As bee populations worldwide become increasingly fragile, and in many places, much reduced in numbers, scientists are fighting against time to find ways to help them flourish once more. At the same time, a progressively populous world needs ever more food. Since bees are essential pollinators for many plants, a serendipitous lab discovery may be able to relieve bees of some of their agricultural burden. A researcher in Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Nanomaterial Research Institute found eight-year old gel in a cupboard from something he had been working on nearly a decade earlier. Using…

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