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General Q&A, Bee chat and only Bee chat please
 #5053  by Chrisbarlow
 19 Oct 2019, 18:01
Farmed bees used to pollinate crops in
commercial greenhouses are interbreeding with the local bees — and the potential consequences could be dire.

Every year, more than one million commercially reared bee colonies are used in greenhouses around the world to help pollinate crops. But these are typically non-native bees, and introducing them to new areas is risky



Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2220430-farmed-bees-are-mating-with-native-bees-and-that-could-endanger-them/#ixzz62oudObaW
 #5069  by AdamD
 21 Oct 2019, 16:42
I have seen boxes of bumblebees in greenhouses to aid pollination. They are in a cardboard box with some syrup feed. They are not supposed to be released into the wild - but how do you stop that when you open a greenhouse window?