SPECIAL ISSUE- Colony Losses

publication date: Nov 23, 2009
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JAR Special Issue

Journal of Apicultural Research
Special Issue 

Colony Losses

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International Studies on Honey Bee Colony Losses

It has been unclear what has caused recent global declines of honey bees.  The Journal of Apicultural Research Special Issue focuses on the latest evidence-based explanations of the extent and causes of honey bee colony losses.  These peer-reviewed reports of current scientific thinking aid our understanding of recent eye catching headlines proclaiming the dramatic demise of the honey bee, a world pollinator crisis, and the spectre of mass human starvation. 

Honey bee colonies have recently been lost worldwide, but the extent of these losses and their causes may differ from country to country.  In particular, Colony Collapse Disorder ("CCD") in the USA has caused much public and US governmental concern, leading to greatly increased research funding, and US scientists are working hard to provide explanations. There have also been significant losses throughout Europe, including the UK, and worldwide and, today, many respected bee scientists are investigating the situation. 

So far, no single driver for these losses has been identified.  Various factors have been suggested as explanations for elevated mortality of honey bees, but conventional causes such as pests (including the Varroa mite) and diseases, pesticides, beekeeping practices and the interactions between them, are receiving urgent attention through both national and large scale international research efforts. 

Issue 49(1) of the Journal of Apicultural Research, published by IBRA will contain a comprehensive mixture of evidence based review articles, original research articles, and reports of colony losses in many partner countries of the COST funded COLOSS Network.  This issue is edited by Dr. Peter Neumann, the Chair of the global COLOSS network "Prevention of honey bee COlony LOSSes"; and Norman Carreck, Scientific Director, IBRA, and the University of Sussex, UK. 

The Journal of Apicultural Research is available in electronic format from the IBRA website. However, in view of the special interest in this topic, issue 49(1) will also be available as a one‑off paper edition for £18.75 plus postage.  The paper edition can be purchased through IBRA and individual papers can be downloaded from the website.

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