- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Agriculture says laboratory tests found no evidence of pesticides in thousands of dead honeybees from Clackamas County.

Department spokesman Bruce Pokarney says the investigation was prompted by reports in June from four beekeepers who suspected pesticides may have been the reason whole hives suddenly died.

Pokarney says separate tests done at Oregon State University found evidence of bee mites and a disease called nosema, but not at high enough levels to consider them the reason for the bee deaths.

The department has been closely investigating reports of bee deaths since two commercial pesticide spraying cases killed large numbers of bees - one at a shopping mall last year in Wilsonville and another at an apartment complex this year in Eugene.

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