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The Source: A Plan For Pollinators

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Colony collapse disorder and increasing parasitic problems have been ravaging honey bee hives in the US for a long time, but the dramatic die off of 40 percent of the nation's hives this winter sounded alarms again on the issue of pollinators and the crops that rely on them. 

Last week the White House released its national strategy to deal with the blight of pollinators. What does the plan call for and what will it mean for Texas honey bees, Monarch butterflies and other pollen-spreading insects?

Guests:

  • Shalene Jha, associate professor of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas Austin who investigates how land use can affect animals and plants
  • Nancy Moran, researcher at University of Texas Austin who works on honey bees and other pollinators
  • Walter Schumacher, Central Texas Bee Rescue
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive