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Bee Mystery Solved!!! Fungus + Virus = Death

 
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Bee Mystery Solved!!! Fungus + Virus = Death
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DENVER — It has been one of the great murder mysteries of the garden: what is killing off the honeybees?
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Honeybees inside a healthy hive near Missoua, Mont.

Since 2006, 20 to 40 percent of the bee colonies in the United States alone have suffered “colony collapse.” Suspected culprits ranged from pesticides to genetically modified food.

Now, a unique partnership — of military scientists and entomologists — appears to have achieved a major breakthrough: identifying a new suspect, or two.

A fungus tag-teaming with a virus have apparently interacted to cause the problem, according to a paper by Army scientists in Maryland and bee experts in Montana in the online science journal PLoS One.

Exactly how that combination kills bees remains uncertain, the scientists said — a subject for the next round of research. But there are solid clues: both the virus and the fungus proliferate in cool, damp weather, and both do their dirty work in the bee gut, suggesting that insect nutrition is somehow compromised.
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Re: Bee Mystery Solved!!! Fungus + Virus = Death
I am beginning to be wary of all the 'fungus' reports...bat fungus, bee fungus, frog fungus...

are we under attack, because we have become so good at suppressing all bacterial populations, beneficial and detrimental? is this really a 'fungus' or is it something else?
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Re: Bee Mystery Solved!!! Fungus + Virus = Death
GM crops.....
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Re: Bee Mystery Solved!!! Fungus + Virus = Death
I am beginning to be wary of all the 'fungus' reports...bat fungus, bee fungus, frog fungus...

are we under attack, because we have become so good at suppressing all bacterial populations, beneficial and detrimental? is this really a 'fungus' or is it something else?
 Quoting: drinking buddy

Agreed. Pesticides, fungicides and Herbicides are creating stronger, more resistant, versions of all three.
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Re: Bee Mystery Solved!!! Fungus + Virus = Death
GM crops.....
 Quoting: Bowhunter 1120130

THIS!!





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