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2012-06-13 02:22:54

AUSTIN, Texas, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The honey bee may be small, but it plays a mighty role in pollinating more than 100 fruit and vegetable crops across the world. With massive declines in honey bee populations, biodiversity and the future of our agriculture system and gardens are all being threatened. "Bees pollinate a third of our diet, yet they're literally vanishing from their hives," says Cheryl Galway, marketing director for Whole Foods Market's South region. "Many people...

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2010-06-24 12:40:00

On Wednesday, a conservation group filed a petition to add a bumblebee from Southern Oregon and Northern California to the endangered species list. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and University of California at Davis entomologist Robbin Thorp formally petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the inset under the Endangered Species Act. Executive director of the Xerces Society in Portland, Scott Hoffman Black, told the Associated Press (AP) the petition is...

2010-05-07 09:00:00

DAVIS, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If USDA and the Xerces Society have their way, long rows of native wildflowers, clovers and blooming shrubs could border agricultural fields all across California. Currently the concept is in full bloom at USDA's Plant Materials Center (PMC) near Lockeford, Calif., where the partners hope to demonstrate to farmers and the public both the beauty and the practical benefits of planting forbs such as California poppies, lupines, baby blue eyes,...

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2005-08-04 08:20:58

VAIL, Colo. -- The mountain views along Red Stone Road suggest early autumn, with splashes of red, orange and rusty brown dotting the green hillsides above the homes and condominiums of this Colorado resort town. But this is summer and the colors represent dead pine needles on hundreds of pine trees that have been killed by beetles. The tree mortality rate around Vail is striking, but it's even worse in other parts of the West. According to U.S. Forest Service figures compiled for The...