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The plight of the bees: Colony collapse disorder

The plight of the bees: Colony collapse disorder

Colony collapse disorder captured public consciousness when it was first named in 2007. Since then, the story of vanishing honey bees has become ubiquitous in popular consciousness.

Colony collapse disorder, the name for the syndrome causing honey bees (Apis mellifera) to suddenly and mysteriously disappear from their hives — thousands of individual worker bees literally flying off to die — captured public consciousness when it was first named in 2007 (1). Since then, the story of vanishing honey bees has become ubiquitous in popular consciousness.

A new article in Environmental Science and Technology (The Plight of the Bees) describes bee decline in the context of honey bees, native bees, and Colony collapse disorder.

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