Research continuing into stopping ongoing bee depopulation crisis

Door County could face serious problems in the future if the current rate of bee depopulation continues. Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, occurs when the majority of bees in a colony simply disappear, leaving behind only a queen and enough food to feed the rest of the immature bees in a hive. The cause of CCD is not the result of a single factor but a combination of insecticides and varroa mite infestations, which can spread toxins and viruses throughout a colony. Without pollinators, Door County could suffer heavy losses to many popular crops, particularly cherries, cranberries and apples. Max Martin, a local beekeeper of 20 years who is heavily involved in the Door County Beekeepers Club, said there is a sense of urgency to find a solution.



Martin said that while nothing is certain, and multiple theories are still in the testing stage, he believes that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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