Experts may have found what’s bugging the bees
A fungus that hit hives in Europe and Asia may be partly to blame for wiping out colonies across the U.S.
A fungus that caused widespread loss of bee colonies in Europe and Asia may be playing a crucial role in the mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder that is wiping out bees across the United States, UC San Francisco researchers said Wednesday.
Researchers have been struggling for months to explain the disorder, and the new findings provide the first solid evidence pointing to a potential cause.
But the results are “highly preliminary” and are from only a few hives from Le Grand in Merced County, UCSF biochemist Joe DeRisi said. “We don’t want to give anybody the impression that this thing has been solved.”
Besides producing honey, commercial beehives are used to pollinate a third of the country’s agricultural crops, including apples, peaches, pears, nectarines, cherries, strawberries and pumpkins. Ninety percent of California’s almond crop is dependent on bees, and a loss of commercial hives could be devastating.
We’ll all be eating Soylent Green before too long…
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Beemageddon: You’re Gonna Miss Eating
Beemageddon: Einstein Prophecy In Doubt
Beemageddon: Human Race Extinction By Cellphone?
Beemageddon: More Speculation
Beemageddon: This Year’s Huge Story
Beemageddon: Soylent Green
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