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Why are the Bees dying?

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According to an article in “The Sydney Morning Herald”, an Australian led science research team may have found a logical reason as to why the bees are dying. This team of researchers has been strategically studying the cause of bee colony collapse. In reference to colony collapse, research leader Andrew Barron says, “Its very rapid.” So his team began looking at all of the possible causes or stressors that could lead to the bees disappearance. Within weeks the scientists observed that, “Bees who start to forage when they’ve been adults for less than 2 weeks are just not good at it. They take longer and they complete fewer trips.”  The researchers then went on to retrieve additional findings by attaching radio tracking devices to the young forager bees and from this they discovered that these particular bees also died earlier. The death of these young bees, then sparked other young bees to go out and do a job they weren’t prepared to do. Hence, as a result of the inefficiency of the young forager bees, the colony’s resources were quickly depleted. Ultimately, due to the forager bees inability to replenish resources quickly enough, the whole colony, met it’s demise. Hopefully, this does not mean the beginning of the end, for bees as we know them. They are great contributors to the global environment, even though most of us don’t like them, we need them to survive, just like they need us.