Colony Collapse Disorder

From the Jan/Feb 2007 issue of Apiculture News, published by UC Davis Dept. of Entomology:

...In case you have been living in a cave recently, commercial beekeepers (and some others) around the country have been watching their populous colonies dwindle right down to few or no bees in days. This started in the summer and continues to this day. The empty hives have honey, some have stored pollens, and sometimes significant patches of brood in them. The neglected brood appears to have every disease that we can recognize and other conditions seen only when brood suddenly is no longer is cared for, gets chilled, dies, and decomposes.

Besides all the media attention, honey bee researchers from the USDA bee lab in Beltsville, MD, the Department of Entomology and cooperating scientists from Penn State University, and researchers from the University of Montana are involved. They have scurried around the country taking samples of bees and combs (from collapsing and seemingly healthy colonies) and asking questions of each affected beekeeper...and now there will be thousands of hours of laboratory tests conducted to see if there is a common, negative thread to this problem.

Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk from the University of Montana is conducting a Web survey of beekeepers having this problem and those who don’t, to try to determine commonalities. You can do Jerry a big favor by going to the following Web site and entering data from your operation, good or bad: www.beesurvey.com.

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