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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 12:28 PM
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Oregon State Requesting $250K Emergency Funding To Study Colony Collapse - AP
CORVALLIS (AP) Oregon State University is seeking $250,000 in emergency state funding to find a reason and a solution for the unprecedented die-off of honey bees, a problem that threatens Oregon food crops worth more than $457 million. Scientists at OSU say that if there arent enough bees to pollinate crops such as blueberries, cherries, pears and speciality seeds, yields can drop by 25 to 100 percent in a single season.

Oregon beekeepers say theres no question there are fewer bees throughout the state and nation but that specifics and effects are hard to pin down. Many, including agricultural experts at OSU, say the increased honey bee losses, lumped under the heading of Colony Collapse Disorder, began in 2006.

But Mark Johnson, vice president of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association, said, its been a problem for eight or nine years.

... Eight years ago, I lost 90 percent of my hives in a six-week period. Since then, I might lose 40 percent one year, 20 percent another. Winter is the worst time, every beekeeper holds his breath, the Portland area beekeeper said. Is it going to be a 10- to 20-percent die-off or a 70- to 80-percent die-off? And theres no way of telling who will be hit, he said.

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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 12:30 PM
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1. Fantastic. Now that it's reached Alaska somebody better start
studying this. Without bees, we're sunk.
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ElectricGrid Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 02:04 PM
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3. not many honey bees in Kansas either.
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T4RSR5 Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 05:28 PM
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5. Maybe, just maybe, nature is correcting itself?
This thread seems a bit ignorant for being in an 'Environment' topic thread. Honey Bees are NOT a native species to the western hemisphere. They were imported here from Europe. They do not belong here. Nature is working as it should. The bees will die. It will not bee a problem (sorry, couldn't help myself)
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Zachstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-11-08 03:10 AM
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6. Are you without education? Do you have any idea how important they are?
This is not some fantasy nature program. If crops fail of such basic crops it will cause malnutrition and economic failure on a massive scale.

And what do you suggest replace the honey bee? The hostile kind rapidly growing?
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-12-08 12:17 PM
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8. So, after all this time they've decided to go back home? Was it
because of the bush** admin? Because they've made me very sorry that my family ever left Ireland.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 12:36 PM
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2. I've noticed a dearth of honey bees in upstate New York.
My apple trees, lilacs, honeysuckle bushes and black locusts should have been covered in bees when they bloomed. I saw

- 1 - honey bee this spring!
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 02:56 PM
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4. I only saw a couple last year, none so far this year. I live in
Nebraska and we used to be literally swarming with bees in the spring
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Zachstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-11-08 03:13 AM
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7. The money they are asking for is nothing in comparason to rather useless projects elseware
So I really hope they get it.


Something has to be done. We are already on the verge of economic ruin due to oil prices.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-12-08 12:56 PM
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9. Haven't noticed ANY honeybees around this (cold) year
but we have seen plenty of bumblebees, which delights my Aussie GF (like squirrels and raccoons, they're exotic creatures).

The die off phenomenon seems to come in cycles here. Some years you see very few honeybees around, and smart gardeners hedge their bets by making "bee houses" that attract the small, colorful native pollinators that most folks never notice.

We did this quite successfully back in the 1990's, when there was another major die off attributed to varroa mites.
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