posted on Oct, 7 2010 @ 10:11 AM
The ongoing honeybee colony collapse has been a topic of threads and cause of concern here on ATS for sometime.
Some 40% of the bee colonies in the US alone have collapsed and died since 2006 and science had not been able to pin-point a cause.
How serious is this? Remember the birds and the bees? The bees pollinate many of the crops we eat and plants we rely on. If the bees are gone that
could mean vastly reduced crops and that could me starvation and that could mean a global crisis - and that leads to government involvement.
Thankfully, this blend of military and private sector scientists may have cracked the puzzle. It is not one thing - but a combination of a virus and
a fungus acting together.
Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery
Dr. Bromenshenk’s team at the University of Montana and Montana State University in Bozeman, working with the Army’s Edgewood Chemical
Biological Center northeast of Baltimore, said in their jointly written paper that the virus-fungus one-two punch was found in every killed colony the
group studied. Neither agent alone seems able to devastate; together, the research suggests, they are 100 percent fatal.
“It’s chicken and egg in a sense — we don’t know which came first,” Dr. Bromenshenk said of the virus-fungus combo — nor is it clear, he
added, whether one malady weakens the bees enough to be finished off by the second, or whether they somehow compound the other’s destructive
Also, it is not clear what about this combo makes the bees fly away from the colony to die alone. However, the fact that this happens made finding
the killer that much more difficult.
Their paper is available online at the link below ---
Iridovirus and Microsporidian Linked to Honey Bee Colony
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