Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD has been a problem for several years now. It has made the headlines of many news agencies around the world, been discussed by world leaders and the effects have been felt globally.
There has been much speculation as to the cause of CCD, and recently, I came across some information that I found of great interest. So much so, I thought I should share it with you.
The American Beekeeping Federation, recently published a report on CCD. For those who are not following this very closely, in 2008 the Congress (of the United States) mandated research into CCD. The study summarizes research done by federal agencies, state departments of agriculture, universities and private organizations. The results are worth noting.
One study in particular points to the use of pesticides. It is available at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Here is a direct quote from their report, “Pesticides may be having unexpected negative effects on honey bees.
A new parasite or pathogen may be attacking honey bees. One possible candidate being looked at is a pathogenic gut microbe called Nosema. Viruses are also suspected.
A perfect storm of existing stresses may have unexpectedly weakened colonies leading to collapse. Stress, in general, compromises the immune system of bees (and other social insects) and may disrupt their social system, making colonies more susceptible to disease.
These stresses could include high levels of infection by the varroa mite (a parasite that feeds on bee blood and transmits bee viruses); poor nutrition due to apiary overcrowding, pollination of crops with low nutritional value, or pollen or nectar scarcity; and exposure to limited or contaminated water supplies. Migratory stress brought about by increased needs for pollination might also be a contributing factor.”
To view this report click here. There are many other reports and accounts dealing with CCD and the condition of bees around the world. We will try to keep up with the latest news reports and findings on CCD.