Preserved pollen tells the history of floodplains

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(American Society of Agronomy) For soil scientists, pollen can be an invaluable tool. By tracking fossil pollen in soil, scientists can look back in time to better understand past land use and climate dynamics. For example, when European settlers cleared forests in the eastern United States and planted crops, the pollen profile in soil changed. Scientists are now exploring how effectively they can use the pollen fossil record in different landscapes.

The Lives Of Bees: What Were Honey bees Like Before Human Cultivation?

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(Forbes) This interesting and readable book is both a personal account and a scholarly magnum opus as Professor Seeley recounts his studies of honey bees. He celebrates the fascinating lives of honey bees, but he argues that by keeping honey bees in a way that respects their needs, we can reduce the frequency of disease outbreaks that they are prone to, and reduce the chances that these diseases may spread amongst native wild bee species and seriously harm them, too.