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New Study on the Massive Collapse of Honeybees

Erin Zimmer 3 comments

Nearly one-third of all honeybee colonies have collapsed over the last couple of years, hence the phenomenon's name, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The issue involves more than just honey. As crop pollinators, honeybees provide a $15 billion value to U.S. farmers. According to Time, a new study shows that the guts of CCD-afflicted bees contain unusual fragments of ribosomal RNA. But good news: the disorder may be on a decline.... More

Become a Bee Watcher for the Great Pollinator Project

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The Great Pollinator Project is looking for new recruits to track bees throughout New York City. Bee watchers count different types of bees as they come into contact with specific flowers in gardens, city parks, and on terraces throughout the... More

The First Annual Beekeepers Ball: A Buzzing Night in Support of New York Urban Beekeeping

New York tressa eaton 6 comments

Atlanta allows them. So does Denver. Chicago welcomes them to the roofs of City Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center. San Francisco included them as part of their Sustainability Plan. And Michelle Obama gives them a prime spot on... More

Some Progress in Disappearing Honeybee Mystery

Erin Zimmer 2 comments

Scientists trying to crack the Colony Collapse Syndrome (CCD) mystery that's killed millions of beehives worldwide, may be onto something, according to Scientific American: The growing consensus among researchers is that multiple factors such as poor nutrition and exposure to pesticides can interact to weaken colonies and make them susceptible to a virus-mediated collapse. In the case of our experiments in greenhouses, the stress of being confined to a relatively small space could have been enough to make colonies succumb to IAPV and die with CCD-like symptoms. More recent results from long-term monitoring have identified other unexpected factors for increased colony loss, including the fungicide chlorothalonil. Research is now focused on understanding how these factors relate to colony collapse.... More

Serious Eats Original Video: Save the Honeybees

Ed Levine 23 comments

The first-ever Serious Eats-produced documentary about Colony Collapse Disorder. More

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