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Honeybee CAP

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Date Funded: 2008
Amount: $4 million
Duration: 4 years

Objective: Restore large and diverse populations of managed bee pollinators across the United States to sustain natural and agricultural plant communities.

Why? Bee pollination is responsible for $15 billion in added crop value each year. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) became an issue in the winter of 2006-2007 when an estimated 25 percent of the beekeepers in the United States reported substantial losses of adult bees from their hives.

Impact: By looking into the causes of CCD and other diseases affecting bee populations, researchers will be able to improve the overall health of this agriculturally important insect. The team plans to develop best management practice guides that provide practical answers for beekeepers and growers of crops that rely on bees for pollination.

Participants: University of Georgia, lead institution

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Cornell University

Kentucky State University

Michigan State University

North Carolina State University

Pennsylvania State University

Purdue University

University of California-Riverside

University of Maine

University of Massachusetts

University of Minnesota

University of Nebraska

University of Tennessee

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Washington State University

 

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