$15 Billion Bee Murder Mystery Deepens

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
By Paul Martin

Dina Spector
Oct. 12, 2010

It was the buzz heard round the world. On Thursday, the front-page New York Times article titled, ‚ÄúScientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery‚ÄĚ was supposed to close the book on a four-year long case involving the unexplained death of millions of honey bees nationwide. Instead, it has only brought more confusion, unanswered questions, and anger in the science and beekeeping communities.

In 2006, once thriving bee colonies across America suddenly vanished, leaving behind empty beehives. The bodies of the bees were never found. Scientists soon gave a name to the mysterious phenomenon: colony collapse disorder (CCD)

From 2006 to 2009, over one-third of beekeepers reported colonies collapsing accompanied by a ‚Äúlack of dead bees,” according to a survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA).

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