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Honeybees infect wild bumblebees through shared flowers: Domestic beehives linked to spike in viral infections in nearby bumblebee populations

Honeybees infect wild bumblebees through shared flowers: Domestic beehives linked to spike in viral infections in nearby bumblebee populations

Viruses in managed honeybees are spilling over to wild bumblebee populations though the shared use of flowers, a first-of-its-kind study reveals. This research suggests commercial apiaries may need to be kept away from areas where there are vulnerable native pollinator species, like the endangered rusty patched bumblebee.

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