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Explain the phenomena of "Colony Collapse Disorder" in honeybee populations.

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Colony collapse disorder or CCD is the phenomenon when worker bees of a beehive abruptly disappear. This term was first coined when a sudden disappearance of Western honey bee colonies occurred in North America in 2006 -2007. This was significant as many agricultural crops are dependent on honey bees for pollination. Such disappearances were also reported in countries like France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, ...

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In recent years, honeybee colonies have been experiencing "Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD). Given the key role of honeybees in pollinating our agricultural crops, it has become a serious issue. Many causes for the collapse of honeybee colonies are currently being investigated. The potential causes include viruses, parasites, urban sprawl, pesticides, and other environmental pollutants. Examine the phenomenon of CCD from a toxicological standpoint by researching three groups of chemicals that are being investigated as potential contributors to CCD: Antibiotics, miticides, and neonicotinoid pesticides.

Here we review "Colony Collapse Disorder" in honeybee populations, and the response should include the following components:
1. A brief introduction of the phenomenon.
2. Background information on the groups of chemicals pertinent to the Case Study.
3. Analysis of the key potential causes of the phenomena.
4. Summary of the article's conclusions and your own opinions on the potential causes for the phenomena.

Identify the potential causes listed above, and then discuss your opinion regarding which, if any, is the most likely cause. If you do not believe any of these chemicals are contributing to CCD, provide a brief discussion about what you believe to be the cause.

The Ebsco Database (Business Source Complete) is a very good source of journals for articles related to the subject matter.

Colony Collapse Disorder
An Incomplete Puzzle
J. Kim Kaplan, USDA News Service

What is the brood telling you?
Dewey Caron

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