Colony Collapse Disorder, with Reed Johnson (49 min.)
Reed Johnson, a
doctoral student in entomology at the University of Illinois, describes
the growing problem of Colony Collapse Disorder and the challenges that
face researchers in finding a solution. As you view this presentation,
look for answers to the following questions.
- In what ways are honey bees important to humans?
- When and how did Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) first emerge as a problem?
- What are three potential causes of, or contributors to, CCD?
- What problems do researchers face in trying to attribute a particular cause to CCD?
- How is the bee genome being used as a forensic tool in CCD research?
- How is BeeSpace software helping researchers to use gene lists
from microarray studies, to learn more about contributors to CCD?
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- Introduction (1:35)
- Honey bees’ importance (3:30)
- Colony Collapse Disorder (5:26)
- Similar past outbreaks (5:14)
- Possible causes of CCD (3:41)
- Suspect: IAPV? (4:12)
- Suspect: Nosema apis? (2:52)
- Suspect: mites? (3:51)
- Suspect: neonicotinoids? (9:12)
- Bee genome as a forensic tool (3:28)
- Summary of possible CCD causes (1:14)
- Contribution of BeeSpace (4:34)