From: The Reuters Blog.
"If it were a novel, people would criticize the plot for being too far-fetched – thriving colonies disappear overnight without leaving a trace, the bodies of the victims are never found. Only in this case, it’s not fiction: It’s what’s happening to fully a third of commercial beehives, over a million colonies every year. Seemingly healthy communities fly off never to return. The queen bee and mother of the hive is abandoned to starve and die." Continue reading.
The problem itself is far from solved. We just know a little more about its causes now.
“This is the biggest general threat to our food supply,” according to Kevin Hackett, the national program leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s bee and pollination program.
As a side point, if you're concerned about colony collapse disorder, you can come find out more at our Science Bytes event on October 20.
Giselle Knudson, Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCSF in the Deptartment of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, will be there to discuss this and related topics that evening. Bring your questions...
Saturday, October 20, 7pm, Progressive Grounds Cafe, 2301 Bryant St. (at 21st). Presentation will begin at about 7:45-8:00, with Q&A to follow.