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Saving the Bees, a WSU Study May have a Solution.

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GRANDVIEW, Wash. - WSU researchers believe they may have a solution to the recent decline of the nations bees.

Scientists suggest two potential contributors to the Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, a disease that is slowly wiping out large numbers of bee hives throughout the United States.

Having surveyed numerous bee colonies in the Pacific Northwest and California, they looked at the pesticide levels in the wax of older honeycombs.  They found the bees living with high levels of pesticide died sooner.

The other contributor is a microscopic pathogen that attacks the bee's ability to process food.

Experts say changing the honeycomb more often should fix the problem.  As of right now, there's no consensus the U.S. about how often beekeepers should make the change. Experts are now recommending every three years.