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August 2009 Issue

Listen to the Latest Buzz on the Missing Bee Phenomenon

The Case of the Missing Bees. It all started in the fall of 2006, when beekeepers around the world reported that honey bee colonies were mysteriously missing large numbers of bees. There were reported losses of 30 to 90 percent of hives during the 2006 winter. By February 2007, the mystery had a name and a definition: colony collapse disorder (CCD), a syndrome characterized by the disappearance of all adult honey bees in a hive while immature bees and honey remain.

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