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Good news on Colony Collapse Disorder

  • Apr. 15th, 2009 at 10:08 AM
As a lifelong gardener, I've been following the news on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has been killing off honeybee colonies en masse for several years, pretty closely and was very excited to hear the other day that researchers may have found a cure.

Apparently the latest suspect is a parasite called Nosema ceranae and they've had very good luck improving survival rates once treatment for this particular parasite is begun.

Source

Meanwhile, I've been choosing plants for my garden specifically to attract both honey and native bees, in the hope of giving them a little bit of a hand.

A few of the useful resources I've found include:

Urban Bee Gardens
The Xerces Society
ATTRA: Native Bees

If you're not familiar with CCD, Haagen Dazs has set up a site with a helpful introduction to the topic: Help the Honey Bees. It also happens to be one of the prettiest uses of Flash I've ever seen.

Comments

ilyena_sylph: picture of Labyrinth!faerie with 'careful, i bite' as text (Default)
[personal profile] ilyena_sylph wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
A cure? Seriously?!

Oh thank goodness.
sasha_davidovna: (Default)
[personal profile] sasha_davidovna wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
It definitely sounds worth being cautiously optimistic about!
[personal profile] floit63 wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! I'm not a huge fan of bees (deathly allergic), but I do like having flowers and food.
sasha_davidovna: (Default)
[personal profile] sasha_davidovna wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Flowers and food are good things to have. :)