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IndianaBrown
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« on: December 22, 2006, 04:39:53 PM »

Something new to worry about?

http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061222/NEWS/612220347/1178

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...Seven commercial beekeepers interviewed for the report claimed hive losses ranging from 30 percent to 90 percent, and one beekeeper said he expected just nine of his 1,200 colonies to survive the winter...

...University of Florida professor Jamie Ellis said the disease might be the work of varroa mites, a pest of honeybees that transmit viruses.
Then again, fall dwindle might also be connected to bacteria, weather patterns, chemical buildup in honeycombs or stress from being transported for commercial pollination...


I'm betting on the chemical buildup myself.


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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2006, 06:37:23 PM »

I read this article and it seems like an awful thing that is occurring.  I am sure that with all the experts that they will have working to find out how to combat this, something positive will come out of it all.  Let's hope so, the world needs the pollinators for food provision for sure.  Great day.  Cindi
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IndianaBrown
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2007, 05:28:51 AM »

Still in the news:
http://live.psu.edu/story/21979
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2007, 07:27:01 AM »

Bee Culture has an article this month about the new nosema.  If i skip read it right this might be the same thing.
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IndianaBrown
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2007, 08:21:58 PM »

This seems to be more or less the central point for info on this:
http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/pressReleases/ColonyCollapseDisorderWG.html
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