Beekeeping on an industrial scale is central to American agriculture, and “colony collapse” has proved to be a severe test.
The bees that pollinate crops are on the brink of collapse. One big reason why: a virus-carrying mite. Now, researchers think a rare fungi could boost bees’ immune system and attack the mite itself.
The fuzzy pollinators are also the only bees that make an excess of honey.
A mesmerizing look inside the beehives and pollination operation of a third-generation commercial beekeeper as he ships his bees across California for almond season.