The buzz of bees and the problems they face: UD researchers test hive monitoring tech

Dan Boroski stands next to a bee hive.MILFORD BEACON — According to the American Beekeeping Federation, about one third of the food we eat relies on honey bee pollination.

“A lot of our food would disappear or at least be scarce and expensive without honey bees,” said Dan Borkoski, an apiary research associate at the University of Delaware. “Fruits, nuts, even meat, because bees pollinate feed for livestock.”

In Delaware, honey bees pollinate our strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, pumpkins and watermelons, and certain groups are taking steps to safeguard them.

There are about 400 different bee species in the state, and they are all pollinators. However, honey bees are different because they have been domesticated for both honey production and beekeeper-managed crop pollination. The population of wild honey bees worldwide is impossible to count, so most modern data on honey bees comes from these managed populations. Read the full article on Mildford Beacon