Bee Decline … Again

Dan Agri View, Alabama, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, General, Georgia, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

bee in a sunflowerThe honeybee problem continues. Everett Griner gives us a little history on the issues with bees in today’s Agri View. For nine years scientists have struggled to find a solution to the problem. Advances have been made, but there is still no solution. This is not the first time this issue has created a challenge. Scientific records show a serious decline in the bee population in the 1880s. Scientists never found out why. In the 1920s, the bee population went into a tailspin. As recently as the 1960s, the colony rates showed a serious decline. Again, it was never found out why. A lot more attention went into the current bee losses. Finding the reason still eludes our entomologists. One major difference is that in previous periods of decline, there were no varroa mites.

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