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Bees, Apiculture, and Colony Collapse Disorder: Articles

Information resources to accompany Kutztown University's screening of Queen of the Sun, September 19, 2013 at 7pm in Academic Forum 102

Articles on the free web

"Crop Pollination Exposes Honey Bees to Pesticides Which Alters Their Susceptibility to the Gut Pathogen Nosema ceranae," by Jeffery S. Pettis, Elinor M. Lichtenberg, Michael Andree, Jennie Stitzinger, Robyn Rose, Dennis vanEngelsdorp, published by the peer-reviewed open-access journal PLOS ONE on July 24, 2013. Commercial farming relies on bees, who in the course of their all-important work as pollinators ingest a panoply of widely used agricultural chemicals. This study examines what's in the pollen collected by bees in the northeastern US and finds that exposure to chemicals long believed benign in fact leaves many bees unable to resist a deadly parasite implicated as one contibutor to colony collapse disorder.

Articles in RL databases (Kutztown University login required)

"Apiculture," from the Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People.