By Taylor NewmanPosted 08.26.2009 at 3:15 pm 12 Comments
Since 2006, about 30 percent of the commercial honeybee population has died off due to Colony Collapse Disorder. Though many theories have emerged about the causes of CCD since it first began ravaging honeybee populations, a study released this week has identified the first molecular marker of the disorder.
As CCD continues for a second year, researchers continue to be stymied by its cause
By Matt RansfordPosted 05.22.2008 at 11:47 am 4 Comments
More discouraging statistics this week from the Apiary Inspectors of America: 36.1 percent of commercially managed beehives in the U.S. have been lost in the past year. While the group only began to track these numbers last year when Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) was first appearing, the two years of losses add up to a bleak picture for honeybees. These drops are undoubtedly unsustainable over the long term and the situation is not improving.
While scientists are still puzzling over the disappearance of bees, large numbers of bats have begun dying out no less mysteriously
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.26.2008 at 10:18 am 5 Comments
Weve by now all seen the news that bees are dying in huge numbers. Scientists have labeled the phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. Dead bees mean less crop pollination, which means less food at higher prices. Whats causing the problem is still anyones guess. Now, strangely, bats in the eastern U.S. are experiencing a similar plague which biologists have dubbed White Nose Syndrome (WNS) for the white fungus that appears on their bodies at the height of infection.