Re: Research Project on CCD
Straight up, solving CCD is going to be way more difficult than you could ever imagine.
There are many things can kill or impair a beehive including bacteria and viruses, pesticides, poor diet, varroa mites, beekeeper error, and the synergies between those things.
The term CCD came into vogue to explain a higher than normal death rate of beehives, and in some cases financial compensation was available for these losses. After some years the financial compensation was largely scrapped and coincidentally the reported cases of CCD dropped hugely at the same time, with beekeepers tending to attribute hive losses to various known causes. Every year there are some beekeepers that suffer huge losses, the mystery being that other beekeepers operating beehives in the same area do not suffer similar losses. The only difference between the two lots of hives, being the beekeeper.
Here is a link that may provide some food for thought on the subject. http://gallery.mailchimp.com/5fd2b1a...ng2013_opt.pdf
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).