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“The honeybee decline observed in the USA and in other European countries including Great Britain, which has been attributed in part to parasitic mites and more recently to colony collapse disorder, could be misguiding us to think that this is a global phenomenon,” said Marcelo Aizen, of Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Argentina. “We found here that is not the case.”
The suggestion is that poor nutrition has weakened the bees’ immune systems, making them more vulnerable to viruses and other parasites. Feeding bees supplements, rather than relying on their ability to forage in the wild, costs time and money. Many beekeepers therefore try to avoid it. Anecdote suggests, however, that those who do fork out find their colonies are far more resistant to CCD.
Apparently, the problem is with "managed" hives, not wild hives. It seems it may have been the beekeepers who weren't looking out for the best interests of their bugs that was the problem.