More mainstream CCD coverage

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  1. camero7

    camero7 Member

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    First sentence is incorrect... makes the rest of the article suspect. Bee are not dying around the world. One third of bees do not die each year.

  2. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    First sentence is very close. makes the rest of your doubts doubtful!
    [h=2]Fact Sheet: Survey of Bee Losses During Winter of 2012/2013
    By Kim Kaplan[/h]
    Total losses of managed honey bee colonies nationwide were 31.1 percent from
    all causes for the 2012/2013 winter, according to the annual survey conducted by
    the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA)
    and funded by the U.S.
    Department of Agriculture

    • Bee losses for the 2011/2012 winter were 22 percent. This past winter’s
      losses are slightly higher than the previous 6-year average loss of 30.5

    • The survey, which covered from October 2012 through April 2013, was
      conducted by University of Maryland research
      scientist Dennis
      , who is also director of the Bee Informed Partnership, in
      collaboration with Jeff
      , research leader of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Bee
      Research Laboratory
      in Beltsville, Md., and others. More information about
      the Bee Informed Partnership is available online at
    • One difference noted this winter was that there were more colonies that
      dwindled away, rather than suffering from the onset of Colony Collapse Disorder
      (CCD), where colony populations are lost suddenly.
    • One major difference in this survey is that beekeepers who later took honey
      bees to California to pollinate almonds reported higher losses than beekeepers
      who did not take their bees to pollinate almonds. Nearly 20 percent of the
      beekeepers who pollinated almonds lost 50 percent or more of their colonies,
      according to vanEngelsdorp.
    • More than two-thirds of responding beekeepers (70 percent) reported losses
      greater than 14 percent, the level of loss that beekeepers stated as allowing
      them to remain economically viable as a business.
    • Beekeepers did not report CCD as a major cause of colony loss this past
      winter, which follows the previous year’s trend.
    • More than 6,000 U.S. beekeepers responded to the survey. Those beekeepers
      manage about 600,000 colonies, which represent nearly 22 percent of the
      country’s estimated 2.62 million colonies.
    • The abstract for the survey can be found at
      A complete analysis of the survey data will be published later this year.
    • Funding for the survey came from the Agriculture and Food
      Research Initiative
      of USDA’s National Institute of Food and
    • More information about honey bee health and CCD can be found at