What causes colony collapse disorder?

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Offline Rob Bartlett

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What causes colony collapse disorder?
« on: 30/11/2009 12:30:09 »
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Question: Has there been any final answer on what is causing Colony Collapse Disorder in the bee population?  I know that there are various theories like mites and Israel acute paralysis virus, but I've not heard if there has been a final cause determined.


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What causes colony collapse disorder?
« Reply #1 on: 30/11/2009 13:10:43 »
There have been a number of discussions on this on the forum, type 'bees' in the search and you will find them.

So far as I am aware, there has been no definite advance in the understanding of CCD, although I think some are now beginning to lean toward the Varroa Mite as being the #1 suspect. But it could be that there is more than one cause of CCD, and that this mite just might (no pun intended) be either the root problem or exacerbating some other problem, such as fungicides and insecticides.

Whatever the cause, I think a solution is urgently needed.
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What causes colony collapse disorder?
« Reply #2 on: 01/12/2009 07:16:44 »
I agree a solution is urgently needed.

If bees go extinct, mankind will follow. And the Mayans predicted when bees go extinct if we don't do anything about it [;)]
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