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Wild insects pollinate major agricultural crops—from cotton to blueberries—more effectively than hives of honeybees managed by humans, according to a massive international study.

In their report in the 1 March issue of Science, Lucas Garibaldi of Universidad Nacional de Río Negro in Argentina and colleagues also conclude that honeybees only add to the pollinating power of the wild insects, and can’t replace their pollination services.

Hundreds of young students and their parents learned about seeds and plants at a AAAS exhibit on the “science of spring” during the 2010 White House Egg Roll.

In line with First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to curb childhood obesity through eating well and exercising, the AAAS-Science booth featured hands-on activities focused around plants, nuts, and seeds associated with fruits and vegetables.