With colony collapse disorder continuing to plague commercial beekeepers in many parts of the country, University of Wisconsin-Madison experts are studying whether native pollinators can supply the insect pollination needed to form many fruits.

Unlike social, hive-dwelling honeybees, most native pollinators are soliary and nest in the ground or inside vegetation.

And it may be because of this inherent difference in lifestyles that the natives are not as suscpeptible to the mysterious malady as the European honeybee.

But can the native bees fill the role?

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