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Honeybees still at risk

Bees still suffering from colony collapse disorder

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5:06pm, October 23, 2008

WASHINGTON — The coming winter could be tough for honeybees.

In winter of 2007-2008, more than 36 percent of hives in North America failed from such miseries as mites and the ailment called colony collapse disorder, says Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Pennsylvania’s acting state apiarist. In the winter of 2006, more than 31 percent of hives failed.

Bee fates in the especially stressful time of winter aren’t easy to predict, but there was concern at a Washington, D.C. conference of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign on October 23.

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