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As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s apis melliferapopulation that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought.

Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once.

When researchers collected pollen from hives on the east coast pollinating cranberry, watermelon and other crops and fed it to healthy bees, those bees showed a significant decline in their ability to resist infection by a parasite calledNosema ceranae. The parasite has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder though scientists took pains to point out that their findings do not directly link the pesticides to CCD. The pollen was contaminated on average with nine different pesticides and fungicides though scientists discovered 21 agricultural chemicals in one sample. Scientists identified eight ag chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by the parasite....

http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2013/07/30/scientists-discover-whats-killing-the-bees-and-its-worse-than-you-thought/


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One has to wonder if the bees are the proverbial canary in the mine

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No mention of the stress of constantly moving hives long distances?

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No mention of the stress of constantly moving hives long distances?

People do that? That is not only cruel, but totally wrong according to my bee keeping book (written in 1902). A hive should never be moved more than 100 feet in a single year. A swarm is a different story. Those can be moved for miles as long as there is a hive at the end of it for them to home in.
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This is about commercial beekeeping/pollinators. They are the ones having the problems. I'm a Ky. beekeeper and there has been no CCD in our state.

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This is about commercial beekeeping/pollinators. They are the ones having the problems. I'm a Ky. beekeeper and there has been no CCD in our state.

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No mention of the stress of constantly moving hives long distances?

That practice has been going on for hundreds of years. The hive collapse issue has only been happening for the past few years.
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I like Icelandic honey!  They are a poor people.
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