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The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (Scientists in the Field)

by Loree Griffin Burns
Photographed by Ellen Harasimowicz

Published by Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
66 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧47152318

Ages 10 - 15

Author Loree Griffin Burns begins this intriguing 揝cientists in the Field volume by taking readers into the world of a beekeeper tending her hives. She then profiles a bee wrangler, who transports bees across the country to pollinate crops, before delving into the devastating effects of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Scientists aren抰 yet sure what has been causing bee colonies to die off in alarming numbers in recent years, but the potential impact extends from the bees themselves to our food supply. Burns looks at the work of four different scientists studying CCD from various research angles. Each one turned a fascination with bees into a career, and their enthusiastic appreciation for bees shines in this narrative documenting a scientific mystery for which answers are still being sought. Ample, clearly labeled color photographs, along with wonderful design elements, are an integral part of the book抯 appeal.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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