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The disappearance of large numbers of U.S. honeybees is so odd that it's attracted Ian Lipkin. Since last fall, beekeepers in at least 35 states have reported colonies that shrank rapidly for no apparent reason. Adult bees just go missing, leaving behind young bees in need of tending. This colony-collapse disorder (CCD), as it's now called, has got bee researchers coast to coast stirred up and looking for causes and remedies.
After all this work, Lipkin's tight-lipped about what his analyses have revealed. He will say, however, that his lab, with help from others, is closing in on a suspicious infectious agent.
Discovery of Pathogen Brings Hope in Battle Against CCD
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Researchers investigating Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) may have uncovered a breakthrough to the mysterious ailment that has decimated honeybees nationwide.
A member of the Colony Collapse Working Group, based primarily at Penn State, said in a phone interview this week the group had identified a possible new pathogen that was found in dead bee colonies examined two weeks ago.
Originally posted by Quasar
This is a good reminder that this isn't over. It is potentially a very bad thing for the worlds ecosystem. When I do come across a bee in the yard or somewhere, I do watch it in fascination, since it seems it doesn't know where its going. They usually just walk around in circles, or fall over when trying to climb something. They just generally look weak.