Definition of colony collapse disorder
- In the U.S. a third to half of all hives crashed; some beekeepers reported colony losses near 90 percent. The mysterious culprit was named colony collapse disorder (CCD), and it remains an annual menace—and an enigma.
- —Jennifer S. Holland, National Geographic, March 2011
- Meanwhile viruses may cause a syndrome dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD) in the US, in which adult bees abandon their hive, leaving the healthy queen and young bees to die.
- —Debora MacKenzie, New Scientist, 14 Feb. 2009
- Overall bee colony decline, including loss from colony collapse disorder (CCD), poses a serious challenge to agricultural research worldwide. The causes are still not definitive, but stress from pesticides may be a factor.
- —Catherine Woteki, Science, 16 Aug. 2013