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The Case of the Missing Bees
High Fructose Corn Syrup and Colony Collapse Disorder
Jeffri C. Bohlscheid
Frank J. Dinan
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has claimed approximately one-third of the commercial honeybee population in recent years. A number of causes have been suggested for this phenomenon, including the consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by the bees. This directed case investigates the issues and chemistry that might be involved in CCD related to HFCS. The case was developed for use in an undergraduate organic chemistry or food chemistry course.
|Keywords:||Bees; honeybee; colony collapse disorder; fructose; corn syrup; HFCS-55; 5-hydoxymethylfurfural; HMF; sucrose; sugar; starch; monosaccharides; hydrolysis; enol-keto tautomerization; enzymes; beekeeping; apiculture; Corn Refiners Association; insects|
|Topical Area:||Scientific method|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Subject Headings:||Organic Chemistry Biochemistry Chemistry (General) Food Science / Technology Agriculture Nutrition Biology (General) Science (General) Botany / Plant Science Toxicology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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