Bee Decline Waning, but Keepers' Battle Continues

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Federal officials say the health of the nation's honeybees may be improving slightly, but warn that beekeepers have yet to beat the mysterious ailments that are attacking their insects.

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that honeybee colonies declined by 29 percent between September 2008 and early April of this year.

That's an improvement over the winters of 2006 and 2007, when 32
percent and 36 percent of all beekeepers surveyed lost colonies.

Domestic bee stocks have been waning since 2004, when scientists
first got reports of a puzzling illness now labeled colony collapse
disorder.

Scientists say bees now appear to be suffering from other ailments aside from the disorder.


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