LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Spring is in the air, but bee populations have dropped as high as 50% across the country.
UW-La Crosse Assistant Professor of Biology Barrett Klein said the drop off in bee population is directly related to colony collapse disorder. Klein described colony collapse disorder as bee workers leaving and vanishing from their hives or colony because of a number of possible factors.
“It could be mites, some have suggested everything from genetically modified crops, malnutrition to even electromagnetic radiation. There are a lot of hypotheses out there, and it’s probably a combination of many factors,” Klein said.
Without bee workers in colonies, it results in less productive hives. “In bumblebees, it’s shown that fewer bees are produced, foraging is reduced, so less food is brought in, because of colony collapse disorder,” Klein said.
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