Stressed, Young Bees May be the Driver of Colony Collapse Disorder

February 10, 2015 4:50 PM

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Colony collapse is impacting bees across the globe, and could have major implications for honey production and crop yield. Now, scientists have taken a closer look at Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and have found that it may just be due to stressed, younger bees.

Bees usually begin foraging when they are two to three weeks old. But when bee colonies are stressed by disease, a lack of food, or other factors that kill off older bees, the younger bees start foraging at a younger age.

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