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Colony Collapse Disorder spreads to Alberta

Colony Collapse Disorder is a mysterious ailment that's been killing off honeybees, particularly in the U.S. 

Colony Collapse Disorder is a mysterious ailment that's been killing off honeybees, particularly in the U.S.

Now there are signs that CCD is moving into southern Alberta.

Cherie Andrews is a beekeeper who owns Chinook Honey Company in Okotoks. She says so far this season she's seen the worst colony losses here ever.

"It was almost sixty percent loss and by that I mean sixty percent of our colonies were dead," she said.

However, according to recent University of Calgary research, bee populations could actually be on the rise.

The study does emphasize that even though honeybee populations may be on the rise, the crop areas they pollinate continue to expand which could pose a problem for agriculture in the future.

 
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