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The Berkeley Bees
A University of California Berkeley professor is striving to make cities more bee friendly.
Gordon Frankie spends his days on a quarter-acre plot near the university, figuring out what mix of plants in cities will provide the optimum bee habitat.
It's more than esoteric academia -- Africanized bees, mites and various ailments are killing the European honeybee, which are responsible for pollinating a third of the fruits and vegetables in our food suppy.
Moreover, our growing cities, expanding roads, airports and other developments traditionally have been bee hostile -- but Frankie wants to change that.
Bees matter, Frankie says -- unless we're content to eat mostly rice, wheat, corn and other foods pollinated by wind.
Here's a closer look at the work of the furry, buzzing, misunderstood bees and how Frankie and his research assistant are trying to persuade city people to be bee buddies.