A Quantitative Model of Honey Bee Colony Population Dynamics

@inproceedings{Khoury2011AQM,
  title={A Quantitative Model of Honey Bee Colony Population
                    Dynamics},
  author={David S. Khoury and Mary R. Myerscough and Andrew B Barron},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
Since 2006 the rate of honey bee colony failure has increased significantly. As an aid to testing hypotheses for the causes of colony failure we have developed a compartment model of honey bee colony population dynamics to explore the impact of different death rates of forager bees on colony growth and development. The model predicts a critical threshold forager death rate beneath which colonies regulate a stable population size. If death rates are sustained higher than this threshold rapid… CONTINUE READING
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