Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone?

Honey Bees are in trouble and so is the world of agriculture. Honey Bees are responsible for pollinating the food we put on our tables and the honey we love. After extensive research over a number of years, scientists found out what some factors are for colony collapse disorder (CCD). In the United States, beekeepers lost an estimated 44.1% in 2015 and 2016.

The loss of the honey bees has been narrowed down to the varroa mite, pesticide poisoning, and stress. The varroa mite is a destructive parasite to honey bee colonies. It attaches itself to the body of bees and feeds on hemolymph transmitting diseases to the bees such as deformed wing virus. If a hive has a bad infestation it can destroy the hive. Pesticides aren’t necessarily the arch enemy, exposure to pesticides opens the bees up to infestations of other infections and that is a problem.

There are more reasons than this, of course, there always are. Today technology is trying to help save the honey bee populations. In an article on bbc.com at Your text to link… Zoe Kleinman explains what technology is doing today to save tomorrow for agriculture. They are presenting ideas such as hive rentals & maintenance for bees.

The concept behind Bee Smart, a team based out of Bulgaria and California, is for beekeepers to be able to more easily monitor the state of their bee hives through sensors. These sensors monitor activity in the hive, temperature, humidity,and whether or not the queen is mating. In Scotland, UK Plan Bee offers a monitoring service, hives, honeybees and visits to the hives 28 times a year. Tumbling Dice, another UK-based firm, is also using technology to monitor the bees foraging habits.

There are many companies worldwide seeking to develop new technology and approaches to the current honeybee crisis. An article published in National Geographic published in 2013 Your text to link… states how far reaching the problem is and the damning effects of pesticides.

The threat of CCD is very real and affects everyone worldwide. If the honeybees collapse so will the future of agriculture.