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Scientists help solve mystery of dying bees

Posted on Saturday, 9 October, 2010 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: questionmark


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The mysterious decline of honey bees around the world might be due to both a virus and a fungus.

Its one of the most enduring scientific mysteries of our time, why are honey bees mysteriously disappearing ? A new collaboration between university and military scientists is hoping to discover the answer.

"The cause of the mysterious decline of the honey bee in the United States and elsewhere in the world may have been found in the form of a "double whammy" infection with both a virus and a fungus."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by rashore on 9 October, 2010, 16:41
Sad... I don't care what it is causing it, I hope that those scientists can fix it.. I love bees..
Comment icon #2 Posted by The Silver Thong on 9 October, 2010, 17:24
And without any undue glee I can constate that I was right and the cellphone alarmists wrong. You as a bee keeper would know better than most. How are your bee's doing?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Razer on 10 October, 2010, 1:23
Interesting article, but the scientists have neglected the fact that correlation does not imply causation. While it may seem fair enough to say that because all of (or most of) the bees they have done post mortem on have both a particular virus and fungus, then that most be the cause, but that really might not be the case at all.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Archer1945 on 10 October, 2010, 2:34
Interesting article, but the scientists have neglected the fact that correlation does not imply causation. While it may seem fair enough to say that because all of (or most of) the bees they have done post mortem on have both a particular virus and fungus, then that most be the cause, but that really might not be the case at all. Actually that is exactly what they say. They can not figure out what correlation is because neither by itself is particularly harmful. Both of these showing up together in every single hive that has been tested is enough of a smoking gun to show the two infections tog... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by ThePitOfReason on 10 October, 2010, 4:42
Taken from the article "Bees seem to disappear without a trace" I have been a certified pest control operator since 1993 and watched this bee problem close the last few years. I'm not a entomologist but it took learning a little more than the basic biology of insects to pass the test. The reason I'm even throwing this out is because of what I do know about insects. From what I read a few years back I thought the bees were all dieing off. From reading this it sounds like most of the colony abandons the hive and the rest that stay die. Honey bees have to all work together to keep the honey at a ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by -MiDAS- on 10 October, 2010, 22:16
Lots of good reading herein, thanks.
Comment icon #7 Posted by questionmark on 11 October, 2010, 18:59
You as a bee keeper would know better than most. How are your bee's doing? Not bad, have some fungi problems and some Varoa, but all in all pretty OK. What gets me is that guy who has his bees under the cellphone mast here on the island is doing better.
Comment icon #8 Posted by questionmark on 11 October, 2010, 19:09
Actually that is exactly what they say. They can not figure out what correlation is because neither by itself is particularly harmful. Both of these showing up together in every single hive that has been tested is enough of a smoking gun to show the two infections together have become deadly when neither one by itself is particularly harmful. The problem now is for them to find out what is the catalyst that has caused this to happen. Taken from the article "Bees seem to disappear without a trace" I have been a certified pest control operator since 1993 and watched this bee problem close the la... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by ThePitOfReason on 22 October, 2010, 5:07
Wherever the bees are going, sooner or later you have to run into them collecting honey. So it is pretty evident that they did not just pack up and join the circus. Besides, the queen is mostly left to die in the hive. Which is pretty uncommon for bees. Additionally bees of different hives do not get along peacefully. If there is a 40.000 bee hive it is because they are a long living strain or they have a very productive queen. Not because they "ganged together" AS far as causality, there is another smoking gun, and that happens to be some Bayer pesticide which in this study certainly would no... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Automaton on 2 November, 2010, 0:36
Bees are more important than most people think. I think this is the answer here : Feel free to disagree, but it makes sense, and fits in perfectly with the "Agenda". What do you guys think?


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