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Bees creating buzz at UC Santa Barbara

Gayle Laird
California Academy of Sciences
UC Santa Barbara is among 13 institutions taking parts in creation of online bee database project.

University is part of new federally funded project to create a comprehensive online bee database.

There’s a big buzz about bees on the South Coast.

UC Santa Barbara is part of a big project involving 13 universities and museums to set up a huge online bee database for researchers, and the public.

The National Science Foundation awarded $3 million for the three-year project. The goal is put more than 1.3 million images of bee specimens online.

While there’s data and images online already, the idea is to create a comprehensive database, which doesn’t exist now. Creating an online library in a standardized format is expected to advance bee research. But, it will also be available for bee lovers who just want to learn more about the important insects.