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The western honeybee, Apis mellifera.

Scientists from the United States Department of Agriculture announced at a recent meeting that they have identified the primary pathogens associated with honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). American beekeepers first reported CCD in 2007, and the implications are dire. Honeybees (Apis mellifera) are major crop pollinators. In California alone, their commercial crop value easily exceeds $1.5 billion annually. Though CCD has only been recognized for a few years, the potential loss of honeybees as crop pollinators sent scientists scrambling to determine the cause of this odd and devastating syndrome.


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Earlier today, I headed over to the University of Washington campus so high school students could teach me all about water quality problems facing the Puget Sound region. The event showcased projects the students themselves had chosen to research and test as part of their science classes at three Seattle high schools. Three local organizations put on the event: the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, the University of Washington’s GK12 teaching fellowship program, and SoundCitizen.

In short, the event was a tremendous success. The students were curious and enthusiastic about their chosen topics, and this biologist learned quite a lot. Any and all water quality issues were addressed: from environmental pollutants to saving the local orca pods.

Belatedly, I remembered that I had my iPhone with me, and took a few pictures of my favorite presentations. Unfortunately, my iPhone photography skills leave a lot to be desired.

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