Unit VIII Case Study
Background and Instructions:
In recent years, honeybee colonies have been experiencing “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD). Given the key role of honeybees in pollinating our agricultural crops, it has become a serious issue. Many causes for the collapse of honeybee colonies are currently being investigated. The potential causes include viruses, parasites, urban sprawl, pesticides, and other environmental pollutants. Examine the phenomenon of CCD from a toxicological standpoint by researching threegroups of chemicals that are being investigated as potential contributors to CCD: Antibiotics, miticides, and neonicotinoid pesticides.
The assigned Case Study for this course deals with the phenomena of “Colony Collapse Disorder” in honeybee populations, and should include the following components:
· A brief introduction of the phenomenon.
· Background information on the groups of chemicals pertinent to the Case Study.
· Analysis of the key potential causes of the phenomena.
· Summary of the article’s conclusions and your own opinions on the potential causes for the phenomena.
Write a 4-5 page analysis (double spaced, 12 pt. type) of the potential causes listed above, and then discuss your opinion regarding which, if any, is the most likely cause. If you do not believe any of these chemicals are contributing to CCD, provide a brief discussion about what you believe to be the cause. Information resources can be gathered from the journals and articles available in our CSU Library Databases. Be sure to provide both in-text references as well as the full citations in APA format at the end of your analysis. Include a cover page and brief abstract for your analysis (these pages
are not to be included in the total 4-5 page requirement). The Case Study assignment must follow APA style guidelines, therefore the APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed. The Ebsco Database (Business Source Complete) is a very good source of journals for articles related to the subject matter discussed in both assignments. Students can access the CSU Online Library resources by clicking the “My Library”
link located in the Course Menu.