By Brooks Hays 9th May 2014. Find Article Here:-
Though mites do kill honeybees in their hives, pesticides are primarily responsible for the mass abandonment of nests, according to new research.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 9 (UPI) —Though parasitic mites continue to infect and kill honeybees, a new study suggests they are not to blame for colony collapse disorder (CCD), the phenomenon blamed for rapidly depleting the world’s honeybee population — pesticides are.Harvard researchers, working with beekeepers in Massachusetts, kept tabs on 18 bee colonies, six hives in three different locations — from October 2012 to April 2013. Half the colonies were treated with a non-lethal dose of two neonicotinoid pesticides.
The researchers found that at least a portion of bees abandoned all 18 nests throughout the cold winter. But whereas warmer temperatures encouraged the return…
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