Research tackles colony collapse

The solution to a huge problem may be hiding in the minutia of labs like this one at Oregon State University, where researchers examine the period-size brains of honey bees, test their blood and grind their guts for inspection under a microscope.

They’re looking for signs of parasites, viruses or nutritional lapses that may help explain colony collapse disorder.

Ramesh Sagili, who leads the OSU research effort, believes there is no single “smoking gun” cause of CCD. Instead, he and most other researchers say a combination of factors is most likely to blame.

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