how about something applied? Like the life cycle of veroa mites or look at the effects of nicatinoid pesticies on honey bees, or the adaptability of Russian bees in areas affected by CCD.
I have about a dozen hives with 6 supers, of all Italian bees and my farm is basically chemical-free and Im surrounded by about 5000Acres of Amish nd other ORGANIC dairy and swine farms. Theres one small development along the edges and weve communicated with the Home Owners Association to try to convince them to NOT use nicatinoids.
My own hives and my neighbors hives are doing fine. SO far nobody"s experienced CCD.
Keeping veroa and nic'noids out has been shown to be affective but we have no real scientific data, and places like Penn State or U Maryland are just doing basic research on stuff like genetics and chemical breakdown and half-life determinations for nic'noids