bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Sunday, May 13, 2007

CCD suspects

For an excellent summary of the current suspect causes of CCD, see this release from Cornell associate professor of entomology Nicholas Calderone.

“Just like in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster,” Calderone said, "there are a lot of conflicting and inaccurate reports" circulating in the media. “What we do know is that there are an awful lot of dead bees. We are looking for patterns.”

Genetically modified foods, mites, pathogens, pesticides and electromagnetic radiation from cell phones have all been proposed as possible causes of the bees' demise. But, Calderone said, the actual causes are unknown at this time.

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