A recent story in Physics Today described some new research from the University of Ottawa, which found the earlier arrival of spring in parts of North America negatively impacts bumblebee survival. This could potentially threaten bee-pollinated agricultural crops and other plant sources since if the bumblebees emerge before their food source blooms, they might not be able to survive. While people think that honeybees are the primary pollinators, bumblebees are also important pollinators of agricultural crops like cotton, fruits, and vegetables.

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