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Pennsylvania beekeeper Dave Hackenberg was the first beekeeper to report to bee researchers CCD — Colony Collapse Disorder. While beekeepers routinely battle a variety of mites and pathogens on a regional level, CCD has spread to the four beekeeping corners of the United States and Europe.
A Cornell University study estimates that honeybees annually pollinate […]

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Here’s an interesting update in the Colony Collapse Disorder mystery: “No one in the organic beekeeping world, including commercial beekeepers, is reporting colony collapse.”
At least one beekeeper has eliminated mite problems by letting bees build natural sized cells.
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60 bee researchers gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss Colony Collapse Disorder –Beekeepers in 28 states, Canada and Britain have reported large losses of bees — about a quarter of the estimated 2.4 million commercial colonies across the United States since the fall.
Preliminary findings suggest it could be the result of a fungus, a single-celled […]

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Maine blueberry growers will be paying more for honeybees to pollinate their fields this spring, following global reports of colony collapse disorder.
Maine’s blueberry crop requires 50,000 beehives yearly - most imported. Blueberry prices will probably go up as well.
Maine’s state insect is the honeybee, so let’s start attracting more of them! […]

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There is evidence that genetically engineered crops - in particular - insect resistant crops producing the Bt-toxin may be why honeybee colonies are mysteriously dying.
Healthy bees do not seem to be affected by Bt pollen, but scientist Hans-Hinrich Kaatz in Germany has found that bees infested with parasites who consume Bt pollen died at […]

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Blueberry growers in Maine are feeling edgy as they prepare to open their hives this March. Honeybees across 22 states are dying off. There is a tiny parasitic mite that attacks hives, but usually that results in dead bodies. But in this case? These hives are empty.
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