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UMass professor gets $1M grant to study bee health


AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Sunflower pollen may play a role in improving the health of the bees that pollinate our fruits and vegetables, and a Massachusetts professor is trying to figure out exactly why.

UMass-Amherst biology professor Lynn Adler has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to research the issue.

Federal agricultural officials say honeybee and bumblebee populations have suffered serious losses for a number of reasons over the past 30 years.

Adler says there is strong evidence that sunflower pollen can help bees fight a common pathogen called crithidia.

Her research wil...

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