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Colony Collapse Disorder

10 am Wednesday on WILL-AM's Focus: We talk with the U of I's May Berenbaum about what's causing colony collapse disorder, what it is and why it’s a problem.

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No one really knows exactly why colony collapse disorder happens, but as scientists have pointed to pesticides or microbial organisms  as a possible cause. Host Jim Meadows talks with May Berenbaum, professor of entomology at the U of I about colony collapse disorder, what it is, why it’s a problem and what might be causing it. According to new research, high fructose corn syrup could also play a role. We’ll also talk this hour with Rich Ramsey, a beekeeper who lives outside Springfield and keeps 40 hives. He had a hive collapse in 1989 and is concerned that beekeepers are putting their colonies through too much stress.