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Tall Poppy solving a bee mystery


Dr Andrew Barron

As scientists continue to be baffled over the recent decline in bee populations around the world, a new model developed by 2010 Tall Poppy, Dr Andrew Barron at Macquarie University in collaboration with researchers at the University of Sydney, might hold some of the answers to predicting bee populations at risk.

In this latest study Dr Barron has discovered links between rapid population decline and chronically high forager death rates, suggesting that by examining forager numbers in a colony this new model could help predict colonies under threat.

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