UW-Madison Doctoral Student Focuses Research on Hive Microbes for Clues to Honeybee Disease
September 5, 2012 | UW-Madison CALS
Article Excerpt – University of Wisconsin-Madison doctoral student Kirk Grubbs is studying the microbial communities associated with healthy honeybee hives, in hopes of better understanding why a lot of them are getting sick.
Honeybees are vital to our food system. U.S. farmers count on them to pollinate about $15 billion worth crops each year. But today’s bee colonies are at risk. Since 2006, commercial hives have been plagued by what’s known as colony collapse disorder, a perplexing phenomenon in which large numbers of bees abruptly disappear. Scientists aren’t sure what causes this to happen, but they speculate that a number of factors may be involved—from mites and diseases to malnutrition and pesticides.
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