Mike the Mad Biologist

The Epidemiology of Bee Colony Collapse

Consider this a public service announcement. The NY Times has a very good op-ed piece explaining how mathematical epidemiology can be used to better understand bee colony collapse. The good news is (right now anyway) that it doesn’t look like all of the colonies will die off.

Comments

  1. #1 Rogue Epidemiologist
    July 1, 2008

    Well, it’s bees, so it’s technically an epizootic. But nit-picking aside, it’s sad ’cause I do luvs me some honey in my coffee. DNRTA, did they find an etiological agent for colony collapse?

  2. #2 RBH
    July 6, 2008

    Apropos of this story, I saw a swarm of honeybees moving into new digs just two days ago. It’s the first swarm (and damn near the first honeybees) I’ve seen in years, and I live out in the country with a fair number of apple trees. Years ago one could stand under the apple trees and bathe in the hum of hundreds of honeybees; lately if I see two or three in a tree in bloom it’s out of the ordinary. The swarm was an encouraging sight.

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