Posts Tagged ‘colony collapse’

 

As an expert in his field, Arroyo Grande beekeeper David Maislen can explain the bee crisis known as Colony Collapse Disorder far better than I can. So here he is, in his own words. Thank you , David, and thank you Tribune for running the article two weeks ago.

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I’m a beekeeper. I’ve been keeping bees since 1996, first in Southern California and then in Arroyo Grande since we moved here in 2003.

I started losing bees to colony collapse disorder in 2006, lost all of my hives in 2007 and 2008 and have experienced smaller losses in 2009 and 2010. I have carefully read all that I can about colony collapse disorder, followed the research being done worldwide and I think I’m finally getting a practical handle on it.

The light went on when I saw the DVD “Nicotine Bees,” directed by Kevin Hansen. The Bayer Chemical Co., headquartered in Germany, started producing a group of synthetic nicotine-based pesticides called neonicotinoids in 2004. The most popular trade name is imidacloprid.

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