Traveling bees' stress may be eased by access to food

Traveling bees generally have shorter lives than stationary bees and have greater oxidative stress levels, which ages them more quickly.

In the first large-scale and comprehensive study on the impacts of transporting honeybees to pollinate various crops, research from North Carolina State University shows that travel can adversely affect bee health and lifespan.

Some of these negative impacts may be reduced by moving bee colonies into patches with readily available food or by providing supplemental nutrition when there are few flowers for honeybees to visit, the researchers said.

Honeybees (Apis mellifera

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