ST. LOUIS — The Saint Louis Zoo is joining a national coalition of commercial agriculture producers, conservation groups and seed companies working to address the dramatic recent decline of honeybees.
Other members of the Honeybee Health Coalition include California almond growers, Ducks Unlimited, Monsanto and the United Soybean Board.
Missourian reporters examined the loss of bees in a 2007 report titled "Where are the bees?" At the time, Missouri beekeepers reported greater losses of hives than in previous years and agriculture officials began studying colony collapse disorder.
Agricultural production has been threatened by a more than decade-long decline in commercial honeybees and their wild cousins due to habitat loss and pesticide use. Colony collapse disorder, in which honeybees suddenly disappear or die, has caused as much as one-third of the nation's bees to disappear each winter since 2006.