Colony Collapse Disorder, with Reed Johnson (49 min.)

Reed JohnsonReed 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.
  1. In what ways are honey bees important to humans?
  2. When and how did Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) first emerge as a problem?
  3. What are three potential causes of, or contributors to, CCD?
  4. What problems do researchers face in trying to attribute a particular cause to CCD?
  5. How is the bee genome being used as a forensic tool in CCD research?
  6. How is BeeSpace software helping researchers to use gene lists from microarray studies, to learn more about contributors to CCD?

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Contents

  1. Introduction (1:35)
  2. Honey bees’ importance (3:30)
  3. Colony Collapse Disorder (5:26)
  4. Similar past outbreaks (5:14)
  5. Possible causes of CCD (3:41)
  6. Suspect: IAPV? (4:12)
  7. Suspect: Nosema apis? (2:52)
  8. Suspect: mites? (3:51)
  9. Suspect: neonicotinoids? (9:12)
  10. Bee genome as a forensic tool (3:28)
  11. Summary of possible CCD causes (1:14)
  12. Contribution of BeeSpace (4:34)

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