Bee Population Dubbed the Colony Collapse Disorder

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Colony Collapse Disorder Scientists are alarmed and baffled by the decline in bee populations around the United States and other parts of the world. Since 2004 the population keeps decreasing at alarming rates. Bee researches dubbed this new phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Resent ecotoxicological laboratory studies have looked into whether exposure to common pesticides might be impairing bee performance and contributing to their population decline. Neonicotinoids, which are manufactured by the company Monsanto, are a group of pesticides chemically connected to nicotine. These types of pesticide instead of being applied to the leaves are drenched in the soil and on the seeds, and in turn the poisons become part of flowering plants and gather in nectar and pollen. These systemic poisons are brought back to the hive in the form of pollen and nectar which gets stored in the honeycomb and builds up in the bee colonies. Scientists performing ecotoxicological studies believe that over time the poisons from Neonicotinoids, cause paralysis in the worker bees and also effects future bee generations when the toxins are ingested. CCD is caused by Neonicotinoids bonding to the anatomy and central nervous system in the bees. This affects their navigation capabilities and also impairs their memory. When they are unable to work effective then things don’t get done. The neonicotinoids are also known to compromise the bees immune systems making them more susceptible to a virus

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