If you haven’t been following the news, bees have been dying at alarming rates as adult bees get disoriented and can’t find their ways back to their nests. The NY Times does a good job of reporting the latest news on colony collapse disorder or disappearing bee syndrome.
The syndrome is happening in the US and Europe and when it happens there are microorganisms found in the hive that are not normally present.
Researchers have also discovered fungus in some affected colonies. The same fungus in fact which is found in human HIV and cancer patients.
The cause of the syndrome is unclear but theories abound. Cell phones, cell phone towers, genetically modified food and pesticides are all potential causes for the disorder according to the article.
The problem of course with the disappearing of bees is the subsequent loss in crops they pollinate. We rely on bees more than we know for much of the food we eat. Let’s hope scientists can find out what the problem is and solve it quickly.