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Special Coverage: Bees & Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

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About Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

The Buzz on Bees: Humanity's Indispensable Insect Ally Is Facing an Array of Threats, Many Man-made
Articles on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) including "Solving the Mystery of the Vanishing Bees" (April 2009) and more from Scientific American on the web.
The Case of the Missing Bees
from Pennsylvania State University.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in Honey Bees
From the University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory. PDF edition also available: view with Adobe Reader.
Disappearing Bees
Honey Bees and Colony Collapsing Disorder (CCD)
Includes information about bees, bee identification and safety. From Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology. PDF format: view with Adobe Reader.
How Colony Collapse Disorder Works
"International Pollinator Conference Highlights Importance of Bees U.S. Continues Efforts to Protect Declining Pollinator Populations"
Article on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) from, October 2008.
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC)
Includes information on "Pollinator Friendly Practices," "Honey Bee Disappearances and What You Can Do," and "Reducing Risk to Pollinators from Pesticides."
Silence of the Bees: Impact of CCD on U.S. Agriculture
Overview, links, videos, and recommended books. From PBS (WNET/Channel 13).
"What's Happening to Our Bees?" - A Colony Collape Disorder (CCD) Leaflet
A summary of the situation published (April 2009) by the International Bee Research Association (IBRA). Document is in PDF format: view it with the Adobe Reader.
Colony Collapse Disorder: Why are Honey Bees Disappearing?
Sections include: What is Colony Collapse Disorder?, What Causes CCD?, Assessing the Disorder's Impact, Searching for Solutions, What Can Beekeepers Do to Avoid CCD?, Updates and Refereed Publications. From the University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory.
Why Files: Bee Virus Discovery
From the University of Wisconsin, Board of Regents.
Why We Should Care About Dying Bees
September 24, 2008. From Time magazine.
Wikipedia: Colony Collapse Disorder
Note Wikipedia's disclaimers. See also their article on Diseases of the Honey Bee.
Wildlife Issues: Vanishing Bees
From the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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About Bees & Bee Colonies

American Beekeeping Federation
Bees and Pollination
"Selected web resources about honeybees, beekeeping, and pollination by bees." From Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
Wikipedia article: note their disclaimers
Honey Bees
Wikipedia article: note their disclaimers. See also their article "List of Plants Pollinated by Bees"
How Bees Work
International Bee Research Association (IBRA)
Includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
National Geographic: Honeybees - Pictures and Facts
Why We Need Bees - Nature's Tiny Workers Put Food on Our Tables
Fact sheet from Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Government Information

Colony Collapse Disorder Action Plan
"Following the ad hoc formation of a CCD Working Team (a rapid response group comprised of academic, private, and Federal scientists), the Department of Agriculture (USDA) took the lead in the effort to determine causes contributing to CCD. Specifically, USDA organized a two-day CCD Workshop in Beltsville, Maryland, for various apiculture experts to identify research gaps and priorities as well as measures required to address these needs. Based on information gathered at the Workshop, a newly formed CCD Steering Committee, composed of Federal program leaders and Land Grant University scientists/administrators, identified critical research and response needs and developed an Action Plan." PDF format: view with Adobe Reader. Document published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS). See also their press release (June 2007) discussing the plan.
Colony Collapse Disorder
From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. See also their page on Pollinators.
Learn about CCD - Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
From the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agriculture Library (NAL).
Pesticide Issues in the Works: Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
From the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Questions and Answers: Colony Collapse Disorder
Includes information on "Why should the public care about honey bees?"
Questions and Answers: Colony Collapse Disorder
From the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
Threats to Native Species: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)
From the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII).

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News Coverage & Blogs

Articles & Reports
TIME: "The Plight of the Honeybee"
Cover story from "A World without Bees" issue. August 19, 2013.
U.S. News & World Report: "Bee Colony Collapses Are More Complex Than We Thought"
August 19, 2013.
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency): "Colony Collapse Disorder: European Bans on Neonicotinoid Pesticides"
August 14, 2013.
Discovery News: "'Bee Friendly' Plants May Not Be So Friendly"
August 14, 2013.
TIME: "The Trouble with Beekeeping in the Anthropocene"
August 9, 2013.
New Scientist: "Is There Hope for the Bees?"
August 9, 2013.
BBC: "How Bees Can Be Affected by Pesticides"
August 1, 2013.
Discovery News: "Insecticides Spreading to Wildflowers Poisons Honey Bees"
July 26, 2013.
BBC: "Bee Decline: Government Announces 'Urgent' Review"
June 27, 2013.
The New York Times: "Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms"
March 29, 2013.
National Public Radio (NPR): "Are Agriculture's Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?"
March 29, 2013.
BBC: "Neonicotinoid Pesticides 'Damage Brains of Bees'"
March 27, 2013.
Nature Communications: "Cholinergic Pesticides Cause Mushroom Body Neuronal Inactivation in Honeybees"
Study / report by Mary J. Palmer, et al. March 27, 2013
The Journal of Experimental Biology: "Exposure to Multiple Cholinergic Pesticides Impairs Olfactory Learning and Memory in Honeybees"
Study / report by Sally M. Williamson, Geraldine A. Wright. January 21, 2013.
ABC News: "Beekeepers Ask EPA to Ban Pesticide, Protect Bees"
March 22, 2012.
MSNBC: "Honeybee Die-offs Linked to Insecticide, Study Says"
March 17, 2012.
PBS NewsHour: "What's Behind the Problem of Disappearing Bees?"
July 28, 2011.
NASA Global Climate Change Blog: "Busy Bees - Feeling the Sting of Climate Change"
September 21, 2009.
The New York Times: "Honeybees Vanish, Leaving Keepers in Peril"
February 27, 2007.
Other News
EPA Greenversations Blog: Posts on Bees & CCD
From the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Google Blog Search
Current and archived blog posts relating to CCD
Google News: "Colony Collapse Disorder" Headlines
Blog format following CCD headlines from national newspaper and international news sources.
NASA HoneyBeeNet: Bees and Beekeeping News
CCD headlines and related research.
Twitter: Tweets on Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder
Brief posts submitted from individuals and others worldwide.

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Reports, Studies, & Past Articles
10 Possible Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder: Theories Behind the Sudden Disappearance of Honeybee Hives
Examination of possible contributing factors to CCD: Malnutrition, Pesticides, Genetically Modified Crops, Migratory Beekeeping, Lack of Genetic Biodiversity, Beekeeping Practices, Parasites and Pathogens, Toxins in the Environment, Electromagnetic Radiation, Climate Change.
Tell EPA [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] to Protect Honey Bees
March 9, 2009.
Study Shows CCD-Afflicted Bees Have Higher Pathogen Loads
August 13, 2009.
Cause of Bee Decline May Be in the Genes
August 24, 2009.
Vanishing Bees Threaten U.S. Crops
March 11, 2007.
U.S. Fears over Honey Bee Collapse
March 25, 2008.
"No Proof" of Bee Killer Theory
March 5, 2009.
"I Do Everything... the Bees Still Die"
March 5, 2009.
DNA Clue to Honey Bee Deaths
August 24, 2009.
Why Have Bees Been Buzzing Off?
November 2, 2009.
Bee Decline Linked to Falling Biodiversity
January 20, 2010.
CBS News: "The 4-Year Hunt for the Honey Bee Killer - New Urgency to Solve Mystery as Harsh Winter Further Drops Supply of Insects Crucial to Food Production"
March 25, 2010.
Colony Collapse Disorder: A Descriptive Study
Published August 3, 2009. From Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Department of Entomology at Pennsylvania State University, Department of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases at Belgium, et al. PDF edition also available (see link on their page - top right corner).
Cornell University, Cooperative Extension: "Colony Collapse Disorder Progress Report"
2009. PDF format: view with Adobe Reader.
Discover Magazine: "Bee Killer Still at Large; New Evidence Makes Pesticides a Prime Suspect"
March 26, 2010.
Discover News: "Honey Bees Disappearing: Still a Problem"
March 25, 2010.
Entombed Pollen: A New Condition in Honey Bee Colonies Associated with Increased Risk of Colony Mortality
June 2009. From Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. Click on the PDF link at their site for the full text (view PDF with Adobe Reader).
Federation of American Scientists (FAS): Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
Updated January 7, 2010. Sections include: Extent and Symptoms of Colony Collapse Disorder, Past Honey Bee Population Losses, Current Colony Losses from Available Surveys, How CCD Differs from Past Bee Colony Losses, Symptoms of Colony Collapse Disorder, Possible Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder, Parasites, Mites, and Disease, Pesticides and Chemicals, Other Factors, Other Related Events. PDF format: view with Adobe Reader.
Fox News: "Mysterious Deaths of Honeybees on Upswing"
May 7, 2008.
Healthy Bees: Protecting and Improving the Health of Honey Bees in England and Wales
March 2009. From the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the United Kingdom. PDF format: view with Adobe Reader.
MAAREC - Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium: Colony Collapse Disorder - CCD Working Team Reports, Research Updates, and Articles
From Pennsylvania State University.
National Geographic:
How Are Dying Bees Affecting Our Lives?
December 28, 2012.
U.S. Bee Collapse May Be Due to Alien Virus
September 6, 2007.
Mystery Bee Disappearances Sweeping U.S.
February 23, 2007.
Buzz Kill: Wild Bees and Flowers Disappearing, Study Says
July 21, 2006.
Can Wild Bees Take Sting From Honeybee Decline?
October 20, 2004.
National Public Radio (NPR):
Across the U.S., Keepers Say Their Bees Are AWOL
March 9, 2007. Podcast and article.
Bee Deaths, Loss of Navigation Cause Concern
May 3, 2007. Podcast and article.
Middle East Virus Likely Cause of Honeybee Collapse
September 6, 2007. Podcast and article.
The Buzz On Bees: Coping With Vanishing Colonies
August 7, 2009. Podcast and article.
National Resources Defence Council: "Helping Honeybees: Pesticides Make It a Tough Time for Pollinators"
March 26, 2010.
The New York Times: "Bees in More Trouble Than Ever After Bad Winter"
March 24, 2010.
Popular Science: "Breeding Super-Hygienic Bees to Take the Offensive in Colony Collapse Fight"
May 11, 2007.
Science Daily:
Declining Bee Numbers Raise Concerns Over Plant Pollination
May 11, 2007.
Honey Bee Decline - Entomologists Buzzing About Vanishing Bee Populations
July 1, 2007. Article and video.
Pollination Crisis "A Myth": Honeybees Are On The Rise, But Demand Grows Faster
May 8, 2009.
Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse?
April 14, 2009.
Genomic Study Yields Plausible Cause Of Colony Collapse Disorder
August 25, 2009.
Bees Fight Back against Colony Collapse Disorder: Some Honey Bees Toss Out Varroa Mites
October 2, 2009.
Scientific American:
Bee Afraid, Bee Very Afraid
August 14, 2009. Podcast plus article.
Disappearing Bees Have Devastated Ribosomes
August 25, 2009. Podcast plus article.
Hive and Seek: Where Have the Honeybees Gone?
November 16, 2009.
Time: "New Clues in the Mass Death of Bees"
August 24, 2009.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service:
Colony Collapse Disorder: A Complex Buzz
May/June 2008 issue of Agricultural Research Magazine.
Survey Reports Latest Honey Bee Losses
May 19, 2009.
Pathogen Loads Higher in Bee Colonies Suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder
August 12, 2009.
U.S. News and World Report: "No Single Villain Behind Honey-Bee Colony Collapse"
December 16, 2009.
The Washington Times: "Researchers Seek 'Super' Bee Cure for a Deadly Disorder"
March 5, 2010.
Whatever Happened to Whatever Happened to the Bees?
June 4, 2008.
Can We Count on Native Bees to Replace Honeybees?
June 5, 2009.
Bee Colony Collapse May Have Several Causes
January 8, 2010.

More reports and studies can be found at the following links:
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Related Items in the Library Catalog

Books & Videos about Colony Collapse Disorder:
Colony (DVD)
Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honeybee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis
by Rowan Jacobsen, 2008.
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe
by Loree Griffin Burns, 2010.
The Honey Trail: In Pursuit of Liquid Gold and Vanishing Bees
Grace Pundyk, 2008.
A Spring without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply
by Michael Schacker, 2008.
A World Without Bees
Alison Benjamin, 2009.
Vanishing of the Bees (DVD)

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