Essay on Colony Collapse Disorder of the Honeybee

1936 Words 8 Pages
To most, the honeybee can be an annoying insect that has a powerful sting. Yet, the honeybee is so much more than just another insect. The honeybee is arguably the most vital component in the development of our food crops. With roughly 90 percent of our food crops dependent on the pollination of our honeybees, our food system, agricultural development, and diet rest on the work and well being of these buzzing insects. Unfortunately, since 2006 there has been a major decline in the population of honeybees, and has gotten progressively worse because of colony collapse disorder. The first reported increase of CCD was documented in November 2006 in Florida. By February 2007, several states began reporting major losses associated with CCD, …show more content…
Over the years many experts disagreed about what was actually causing colony collapse disorder. With limited amounts of resources, researchers used various methods to try and determine the cause of so many bees dying. According to Robyn Underwood and Dennis vanEngelsdorp (2007) of Penn State University, researches at the time “speculated that the death was due to a lack of pollen, poisonous honey, or a hot summer”. Although there was advancement in research that led to various case studies, no one was able to pinpoint the exact cause of CCD and how to stop it. Underwood did point to one specific disease that caught some attention in the early 1900s. Stonebrood, which is caused by the fungus Aspergillus Flayus, affects both immature and adult bees. This disease “infected larvae into solid, hard mummies that are not easily removed by the bees” (Underwood & vanEngelsdorp, 2007). What is alarming about Stonebrood disease is that it just came and went without anyone being able to figure out how to stop it. The point here, according to the authors, is that “it is yet to be determined if the losses that are being seen today will, like with stonebrood, appear suddenly and then disappear” (Underwood & vanEngelsdorp, 2007). This is why the history of CCD is so important to reflect on because researchers are going through the same frustration in trying to determine the cause of this disorder today. Fast forward today and the state

Related Documents