UMass professor gets $1M grant to study bee health
June 11, 2017
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...