Research findings reveal that the overall bee population across the world would be met with some fatal impact if things keep on going the way they are now. The pollinating insect is under immense pressure, due to the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), whose causes are yet unaware.
A recent phenomenon, CCD has been deemed a major catalyst for the reduction of the global bee population. The matter has been put up for a study by Researchers of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Washington University in St. Louis, University of Sydney and Macquaire University in Sydney.
Although not yet fully aware of the reasons leading to the collapse, Dr Clint Perry from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL says that the premature stress among the young bees due to the reduction has also piled up as an accounting factor to the collapse.
He has stated that young bees start foraging upon entering just 2-3 weeks, eventually meeting with death on their first flight. It’s the reduction in the number of old foraging bees that has also been forcing the younger ones to be adaptive to foraging at an early age. Clint believes that it would have an adverse effect on smaller hives where the reduction of numbers could have a greater impact, thus by upsetting the balance within the colony.
Colony losses has also been troubling the beekeepers over the years, with the US Department of Agriculture reporting that US beekeepers has been met with an annual winter loss of about 33% each year since 2006.
However, during the 2011-12 winter, the loss was only 22%. The warmer nature during that year is what is believed to have helped in the survival of bees, although no link has been made out between environmental conditions and CCD.
Currently, USDA is also carrying out studies to find the reason for CCD, for which they are also weighing up factors like parasites, pathogens, environmental problems and pesticide impacts.