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Endowment to Aid Honey Bee Research

Honey bee (iStockphoto.com)A gift of $100,000 will aid undergraduates in the College of Agricultural Sciences in their efforts to understand Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a nationwide phenomenon in which adult honey bees disappear from their hives, often spelling death for the colony. Honey distributor Dutch Gold Honey and William and Kitty Gamber, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, each contributed $50,000 to the endowment.

In the last four years, losses of bees due to CCD have ranged from 30 percent to nearly 100 percent in apiaries with CCD symptoms. The disorder still is not fully understood.

“The foresight and generosity of Dutch Gold Honey and the Gamber family embodied in this endowment will help us train the next generation of scientists who will take the lead in future research to ensure the health of pollinators and their habitats,” said Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

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