I have been doing a good bit of thinking about "single source" pollination, poor nutrition, and CCD.
In the site http://www.honeybee.com.au/Library/p...nutrition.html
It states on page 3, that bees can have low body protein of less than 30% (Kleinschmidt 1988). When bees have low body protein they will live a short time, suffer from deseases like European brood deseases(EBD) and nosema, and will be very poor honey producers. (all noted in CCD bee samples)
This article also includes a section on body-protein in relationship to stress. And it also references "dwindling desease". This comes in part from studies of nutrition and low body protein.
I would really question if single source pollen, which many times are poor quality, added stress in migratory practices, and a lack in "quality" supplemental feeding, may be doing the main damage in regards to CCD.
I think a protein analysis of the dead, dying, and healthy bee samples would be worthwhile.
I also wish some independant lab could test the actual amino acids and other levels for the supplements being marketed.
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