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Asian Parasite Killing Western Bees - Scientist

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posted on Jul, 20 2007 @ 01:54 PM
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Asian Parasite Killing Western Bees - Scientist


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MADRID - A parasite common in Asian bees has spread to Europe and the Americas and is behind the mass disappearance of honeybees in many countries, says a Spanish scientist who has been studying the phenomenon for years.

The culprit is a microscopic parasite called nosema ceranae said Mariano Higes, who leads a team of researchers at a government-funded apiculture centre in Guadalajara, the province east of Madrid that is the heartland of Spain's honey industry.
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posted on Jul, 20 2007 @ 01:55 PM
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Well, it's not global warming, pesticides, or cell phone towers killing all the bee's, it's a parasite. The culprit is nosema ceranae.

At first they thought it was nosema apis, but the bee's symptoms were a little different and nosema apis usually only thrive in wetter conditions. But then through DNA testing found out it was the nosema ceranae parasite, which is more dangerous then the nosema apis.

Nosema ceranae can infect a hive in 2 months and kill the whole colony in 18 months. From what I read in Wikipedia, the bee's work force become infected, fly off in search of food, and then become too weak to return to the hive, thus the disappearing bee's. The hives can be treated for the parasite, and it only costs $2.80 per hive a year.

I'm surprised it took so long for them to figure this out. This parasite has been known about for a long time in Europe and Asia.


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