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USDA Awards $4M Grant for Honeybee Disorder Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Scientists at the University of Georgia will study honeybee genomics and other aspects of honeybee biology under a $4.1 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture in attempts to understand what is causing honeybee colony collapse disorder.
This disorder has caused the loss of between 30 percent and 90 percent of the hives of as many as 25 percent of beekeepers since late 2006.
The Protection of Managed Bees Coordinated Agricultural Project, which is to be funded over four years by the USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, aims to improve the health of managed bee populations in agricultural systems.
The research will involve studies of honeybee genomics, breeding, pathology, immunology, and applied ecology that can help explain the disorder that is affecting the colonies.

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