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cherry pollen

Microscope image of pollen grains from black cherry. In the center of the image are six grains, purple in color and mostly triangular in shape with rounded corners. A scale bar indicates each grain is approximately 25 microns in diameter. Accompanying text reads "Prunus serotina, Black Cherry, Michael Killewald, Col. Tom Wood, Isaacs Lab, Michigan State University, 400X, 2017."

A study of managed bumble bees and honey bees on a blueberry farm finds that most of the pollen they collect comes from other plants, suggesting that supplementing crops with a diversity of nearby plant types makes for healthier bees. After collecting pollen from bees returning to hives, researchers analyzed pollen types under a microscope, finding a wide variety, from plants such as blueberry, buckthorn, cherry, and many more. (Photo by Michael Killewald)

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