THE COLONY COL­LAPSE DIS­OR­DER (CCD) AND ITS EF­FECT ON HONEY BEES

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Start­ing in late 2006, bee­keep­ers in the United States be­gan reporting sharp de­clines in their honey bee colonies. Be­cause of the sever­ity and un­usual cir­cum­stances of these colony de­clines, sci­en­tists named this phe­nom­e­non Colony Col­lapse Dis­or­der (CCD). CCD is char­ac­terised in part by the com­plete ab­sence of bees in dead colonies and api­aries. Re­ports in­di­cate that bee­keep­ers in most states have been af­fected. CCD has not been rou­tinely di­ag­nosed by pro­fes­sional api­cul­tur­ists in Canada. At least 28% of op­er­a­tions re­ported that some of their dead colonies had CCD-like symp­toms (were found dead with­out dead bees).

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