colony collapse disorder

noun

Definition of colony collapse disorder

: a disorder of honeybees (Apis mellifera) that is characterized by sudden colony death due to the disappearance of all adult worker bees in a hive while immature bees, the queen bee, and the honey remain and that is of unknown cause
  • 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. HollandNational GeographicMarch 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 MacKenzieNew Scientist14 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 WotekiScience16 Aug. 2013
abbreviation CCD

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2007


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