Friday, September 07, 2007

Honeybee Update - Virus Could Be The Cause

Scientists may have isolated a factor that causes Colony Collapse Disorder, which is causing huge numbers of honeybees to simply vanish. It's a virus, called Israeli acute paralysis virus. From the article,
Researchers performed a sophisticated genetic comparison of healthy and diseased U.S. colonies that revealed the presence of Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV), an obscure but lethal bee bug, in almost all beekeeping operations affected by "colony collapse disorder" (CCD), but in only a single healthy one they examined.
This is good news, if true. Now we can breed bees resistant to the virus, which means our crops will still get pollinated and we won't starve.

Here's to the scientists who quietly solve real problems in the background while buffoons parade around droning on about global warming.

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