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A protein boost for bees could mean more fruit on the shelves

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Honeybees feed on a Megabee patty during a testing of the protein supplement last fall. The patty includes protein, carbohydrates, lipids and fiber that are key to a bee's diet, and can be fed to bee colonies during the winter when natural pollen sources are scarce. (Photo by Stephen McDaniel)

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This fruit-growing season, bee colonies are shrinking. But a new protein boost for the bugs could strengthen their health and help put more fruit and nuts on the shelves this year.


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