NMSU researchers hope to boost bee population

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – An alarming drop in bee populations has caught the attention of researchers at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas.

Scientists say bee populations have been cut in half over the last 75 years and two researchers are now working on a project to help.

The Pollinator Project tests native and non-native plants for their ability to attract bees.

The idea would be to see which plants keep the most bees around and create a habitat so they would be able to thrive in New Mexico’s climate.

Researchers say declining populations have a huge impact on farming.

It’s such a big problem that last year the USDA spent $8 million to help farmers in five states improve habitats for honeybees.

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