Dirty Girls spread bacteria

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    Do Honeybees Shape the Bacterial Community Composition in Floral Nectar?
    BCCs in nectar are abundant and diverse (Table 1; Figs. 1 and 2). We also demonstrate that uncovered flowers show different bacterial populations than do covered flowers, indicating that the bacterial community in floral nectar is affected by insects which visit the flowers. The honeybee pollinator may introduce bacteria into, or acquire bacteria from, the nectar.
    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0067556