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Published May 20, 2009, 08:12 AM

Survey finds slower decline of honeybee colonies

The decline of honeybee colonies has slowed slightly since last fall, but a mysterious combination of ailments is still decimating the insect’s population, federal researchers say. U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers found that honeybee colonies declined by 29 percent between September 2008 and early April. That’s an improvement over the last two years, when researchers found that 32 percent and 36 percent of all beekeepers surveyed lost hives.

By: By Garance Burke, The Associated Press, The Jamestown Sun

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