[permaculture] USDA shells out millions for CCD but little or nothing for significant research

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Fri Jul 18 16:11:37 EDT 2008

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Subject: [SANET-MG] USDA shells out millions for CCD but little or nothing for significant research
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 15:01:44 -0400
From: jcummins <jcummins at UWO.CA>

It is rather shocking to see that nothing was spent USDA on synergism
between sub lethal pesticide doses and parasites. Even though the
literature is full of examples of such synergism.  There was
practically nothing spent on sub lethal impacts of pesticides on bee
behaviour and nothing  on Bt in pollen and bee behaviour. It seems as
though the significant research is left to France, Germany and Italy?

How $4 Million For Bee Research Is Spent
A Who's Who of Colony Collapse Disorder Scientists
July 18, 2008 at 9:57AM by Kim Flottum
Buzz up!
On July 17, Ag Secretary Shafer announced that the University of
Georgia had been awarded a $4.1 million grant to study CCD.

This is a four year CAP (Coordinated Agriculture Project) grant,
funded through USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and
Extension Service (CSREES), which aims to improve the health of
managed bee populations in agricultural systems. The research,
according to Shafer, will address genomics, breeding, pathology,
immunology and applied ecology to explain the causes behind dwindling
bee populations. Researchers will work closely with the extension
community and other stakeholders to develop and implement mitigation
strategies for CCD and other significant problems.

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