Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Research Connects Bee Colony Collapse Disorder to Pesticide | Ecocentric | TIME.com

That’s why scientists have been working overtime to figure out just what might be causing CCD. Everything from fungi to mites to viruses to bacteria to disruptive new beekeeping techniques have been put against the wall as suspects, with no clear smoking gun. But new research by a Harvard biologist named Chensheng Lu might change that. In a new study to be published in the Bulletin of Insectology, Lu points the finger at the pesticide imidacloprid, a chemical often used on corn plants. Honeybees are now fed with supplements of high-fructose corn syrup—and if Lu is right, we could be killing the bees ourselves. “We’ve actually isolated a single risk factor for CCD,” says Lu. “We really need to be looking at this data.”

New Research Connects Bee Colony Collapse Disorder to Pesticide | Ecocentric | TIME.com

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