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UC San Diego Study: Spread Of Africanized Bees May Be Good For Agriculture

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Africanized bees nest in Venezuela.

A new study from UC San Diego researchers finds the majority of honey bees found in San Diego are Africanized and the spread of them continues northward in California.

"Probably at least two-thirds of bees that fly around (the region) are Africanized," UC San Diego biology professor Josh Kohn, who co-authored the study, told KPBS Midday Edition on Monday.

Kohn said the study's findings are important because Africanized bees are more aggressive than other honey bees and where they are, people come under a small degree of threat.

He said they may also be more resistant to disease because most Africanized bees in San Diego are hybrids of European honey bees and Africanized bees.

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