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In Brazil, side-by-side comparisons of Africanized honeybees and the native honeybees have shown that the Africanized bees are far superior honey producers. Therefore, there is no reason to fear that domestic commercial honey production will decline in the United States if local honeybees are displaced by Africanized honeybees.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the argument EXCEPT:

(A) The honeybees native to Brazil are not of the same variety as those most frequently used in the commercial beekeeping industry in the United States.

(B) Commercial honey production is far more complicated and expensive with Africanized honeybees than it is with the more docile honeybees common in the United States.

(C) If Africanized honeybees replace local honeybees, certain types of ornamental trees will be less effectively pollinated.

(D) In the United States a significant proportion of the commercial honey supply comes from hobby beekeepers, many of whom are likely to abandon beekeeping with the influx of Africanized bees.

(E) The area of Brazil where the comparative study was done is far better suited to the foraging habits of the Africanized honeybees than are most areas of the United States.
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Originally posted by SajjadAhmad on 16 Apr 2017, 13:13.
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In Brazil, side-by-side comparisons of Africanized honeybees and the native honeybees have shown that the Africanized bees are far superior honey producers. Therefore, there is no reason to fear that domestic commercial honey production will decline in the United States if local honeybees are displaced by Africanized honeybees.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the argument EXCEPT:

(A) The honeybees native to Brazil are not of the same variety as those most frequently used in the commercial beekeeping industry in the United States.
(B) Commercial honey production is far more complicated and expensive with Africanized honeybees than it is with the more docile honeybees common in the United States.
(C) If Africanized honeybees replace local honeybees, certain types of ornamental trees will be less effectively pollinated.
(D) In the United States a significant proportion of the commercial honey supply comes from hobby beekeepers, many of whom are likely to abandon beekeeping with the influx of Africanized bees.
(E) The area of Brazil where the comparative study was done is far better suited to the foraging habits of the Africanized honeybees than are most areas of the United States.



(A) The honeybees native to Brazil are not of the same variety as those most frequently used in the commercial beekeeping industry in the United States. - This opens the argument to the assumption that the honeybees native to US may be superior producers than native as well as Africanized bees, thus serves as a weakener.

(B) Commercial honey production is far more complicated and expensive with Africanized honeybees than it is with the more docile honeybees common in the United States. - If Africanized honey bees are going to cost more, it is not going to help sustain US honey production, thus this is a weakener.

(C) If Africanized honeybees replace local honeybees, certain types of ornamental trees will be less effectively pollinated. - This is unrelated to the honey production argument and thus does not weaken the argument. -- Correct

(D) In the United States a significant proportion of the commercial honey supply comes from hobby beekeepers, many of whom are likely to abandon beekeeping with the influx of Africanized bees. - Honey produced by Hobby beekeepers will reduce significantly, thus cancelling out any boost in production by Africanized bee introduction.

(E) The area of Brazil where the comparative study was done is far better suited to the foraging habits of the Africanized honeybees than are most areas of the United States. - If Brazil is better suited for Africanized Honey bees, their introduction to US may not have any positive impact, or may have a negative impact. Weakener.
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I have a query regarding this question.

The answer is straightaway C since it does not affect the argument.

I want to understand how does B affect the argument.

Conclusion: There is no reason to fear that domestic commercial honey production will decline in the United States if local honeybees are displaced by Africanized honeybees.

While B states that: (B) Commercial honey production is far more complicated and expensive with Africanized honeybees than it is with the more docile honeybees common in the United States.


If US does not have the resources or the budget aligned for this project, then definitely it could affect overall honey production. On the other hand, if it can afford the same, then maybe there is a probability that production could increase?

My understanding is that: it draws on incorrect comparison (related to species and operating conditions) to draw a conclusion. How does B help to weaken the argument?
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Hello GMATNinjaTwo How does B help to weaken the argument



(B) Commercial honey production is far more complicated and expensive with Africanized honeybees than it is with the more docile honeybees common in the United States. - If Africanized honey bees are going to cost more when introduced in the US, there will be no incentive to support their introduction, and the only logical result could be a decline in honey production. Hence this is a weakener.
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I have a query regarding this question.

The answer is straightaway C since it does not affect the argument.

I want to understand how does B affect the argument.

Conclusion: There is no reason to fear that domestic commercial honey production will decline in the United States if local honeybees are displaced by Africanized honeybees.

While B states that: (B) Commercial honey production is far more complicated and expensive with Africanized honeybees than it is with the more docile honeybees common in the United States.


If US does not have the resources or the budget aligned for this project, then definitely it could affect overall honey production. On the other hand, if it can afford the same, then maybe there is a probability that production could increase?

My understanding is that: it draws on incorrect comparison (related to species and operating conditions) to draw a conclusion. How does B help to weaken the argument?


If Africanized honeybees are far more expensive to maintain and needs complicated procedure , then it is possible that they may not be able to produce the same amount of honey in a given time considering the cost and procedural difficulties. In the long run it could lead to increased price honey and a decline in sales which could result in an downward spiral for the honey making industry .Hence it could be a weakner. It may not be a strong one but definitely weakens in some way.
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It's C.

C can not be a weakener, since the argument does not talk about the pollination. It is out of scope.
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In Brazil, side-by-side comparisons of Africanized honeybees and the native honeybees have shown that the Africanized bees are far superior honey producers. Therefore, there is no reason to fear that domestic commercial honey production will decline in the United States if local honeybees are displaced by Africanized honeybees.

Boil it down - there is no reason to fear that domestic commercial honey production will decline in the United States if local honeybees are displaced by Africanized honeybees.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the argument EXCEPT:

(A) The honeybees native to Brazil are not of the same variety as those most frequently used in the commercial beekeeping industry in the United States.-- Weakens --The author depends on the assumption that native Brazilian HB are the same as native U.S

(B) Commercial honey production is far more complicated and expensive with Africanized honeybees than it is with the more docile honeybees common in the United States.-- Weakens -- points out a factor other than superior honey production that possibly affects the commercial honey production

(C) If Africanized honeybees replace local honeybees, certain types of ornamental trees will be less effectively pollinated. -- Correct -- certain is too vague -These certain types of trees may only make up 1% of the sources these bees collect from or it may not even be the type these bees use.

(D) In the United States a significant proportion of the commercial honey supply comes from hobby beekeepers, many of whom are likely to abandon beekeeping with the influx of Africanized bees. -- Weakens --

(E) The area of Brazil where the comparative study was done is far better suited to the foraging habits of the Africanized honeybees than are most areas of the United States.-- Weakens -- makes a distinction between the two environments that the author assumes to be similar or overlooks details from the two

Answer C
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