A tenth of Europe's wild bees risk extinction: report

March 19, 2015 8:13 PM

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A tenth of Europe's wild bees risk extinction: report

OSLO (Reuters) - Almost one in 10 of Europe's wild bee species is at risk of extinction because of threats from the spread of farms and pesticides among other factors, a first assessment of the continent's bee populations showed on Thursday.

Bees are vital to food production but are in decline in many parts of the world. There are 1,965 wild bee species in Europe and 9.2 percent of them are at risk of extinction while another 5.2 percent are likely to be threatened in the near future, according to the international study, funded by the ...

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