Ohio Turning Highway Median Into Bee Habitat

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Updated Mon, Aug 11, 2014 12:51 pm
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Bees from a single species aren't as effective in pollinating as bees from a diversity of species, a new study shows.

A state agency is turning a southern Ohio highway median into a honeybee paradise in an effort to create habitats for a bee population that has been declining in recent years.

The Ohio Department of Transportation planted wildflower seeds in two, 1-acre lots along Ohio 207 in Ross County in June to start a three-year process creating habitats for bees and other pollinators.

A department spokeswoman says the seeds beginning to germinate are a mix of native Ohio wildflowers intended to provide much-needed food for honeybees and beautify the road.

Other parts of the state plan similar plantings.

Increasing numbers of diseases and pests in recent years have thinned colonies and threatened Ohio's agriculture industry, which relies on bees to pollinate more than 70 crops.

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