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Mysterious honeybee disorder jump-starts Columbia-based beekeeping group

Friday, February 20, 2009 | 1:14 p.m. CST
Carl Korschgen of Columbia, places a frame into a partially constructed beehive. When bees are introduced to the hive they will use the frames as a starting point to build the honeycomb. Frames are made using a thin plastic layer coated with wax.

Thirty-three percent of the human diet relies on pollination, much of which is carried out by bees. Honeybees have been vanishing at an unsettling rate, and mid-Missouri growers are stepping in to alleviate the strain on their crops.

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