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Colony collapse disorder symposium added to ESA Annual Meeting

Lanham, MD; October 17, 2007A late-breaking symposium, Colony Collapse Disorder in Honey Bees: Insight Into Status, Potential Causes, and Preventive Measures, has recently been added to the 55th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), to be held in San Diego, December 9-12. The symposium, headed by entomologists Diana Cox-Foster (Penn State University) and Jeff Pettis (USDA-ARS), will explore possible factors that may have caused honey bee deaths since 2006, such as pathogens, parasites, viruses, bacteria, disease, pesticide exposure, and breeding practices. In addition, the myths and mysteries of CCD will be discussed, as well as possible ways to combat the phenomenon.

This symposium will introduce many of the areas of concern for bee health and Colony Collapse Disorder, and it features many of the top scientists who are tackling CCD, said Cox-Foster. In addition, the speakers will profile many of the cutting-edge techniques that are allowing us to determine what causes are underlying declines in honey bee health. Many of these approaches are applicable to looking at disease outbreaks in other organisms, including humans.

The four-hour symposium will feature a dozen speakers, all of whom are listed at along with the titles of their presentations. It is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 in the Golden West room (near the Atlas Ballroom) at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center.

One silver lining in the cloud that hangs over bee health is that the public has become more aware of the invaluable role that pollinators play in our lives, said Dr. Pettis. While this session on CCD will focus on honey bee health and the implications for pollination of agricultural crops, the need to preserve all pollinatorsbirds, bats, bees and butterfliesis finally getting some long overdue attention.


Contact: Richard Levine
Entomological Society of America

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