Archive for February 28th, 2007|Daily archive page

Disappearance of American Honeybees

Honeybees are disappearing from 24 US states at startling speeds.

No one is sure of the cause of the disappearance but the rates of disappearannce range from 30 – 70%. The crisis threatens numerous crops.

Various theories are being investigated. It could be due to use of pesticides banned in Europe, it may be due to bees being raised to survive a shorter offseason, to be ready to pollinate once the almond bloom begins in February. This could have lowered their immunity to viruses.