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Bumblebees infected with honeybee diseases

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Posted in Science on 20th Feb, 2014 01:35 AM by AlexMuller

Researchers have found that two diseases harboured by honeybees are spilling over into wild bumblebees. Insects infected with deformed wing virus and a fungal parasite called Nosema ceranae were found across England, Scotland and Wales. Beekeepers should keep their honeybees as free from disease as possible to stop the spread.

 
"These pathogens are capable of infecting adult bumblebees and they seem to have quite significant impacts," said Professor Mark Brown from Royal Holloway, University of London.
 
Around the world, bumblebees are doing badly. In the last few decades, many species have suffered steep declines, and some, such Cullem's bumblebee (Bombus cullumanus) in the UK, have gone extinct.
 
Scientists believe that the destruction of their habitats - particularly wildflower meadows - has driven much of this loss, but the latest research suggests that disease too could play a role.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-20
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Bees and bumblebees are in trouble - the numbers are in decline all over the world and the causes are not quite clear. Considering their importance for the wild life and agriculture it is important to identify as many causes as possible- finding that viruses can be transmitted from bees to bumblebees should contribute to find some solutions Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-20
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The researchers suspect that the same pattern that they found in the UK will also be found around the world - so, controlling disease in honeybee hives is vital to stopping the spread Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-20
+1
It is not just viruses. There was a report that pesticides are also potentially damaging. For example, exposure to pesticides results in smaller worker bees
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-20
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It would be important to find the balance between protecting plants by using pesticides and the effect on other life including bees. Researchers have more to do in this direction Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-20
+0
I found that there are many possible causes for this decline. They range from things like mites and other parasites, viruses, fungi, immune deficiencies, climate change, malnutrition, pesticides, migratory beekeeping and even speculation that the culprit is mobile phones or genetically modified crops. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-20
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The reasons for this decline are still unknown, however there are claims of a solution in the form of a concentrated organic feed supplement. BeesVita is purported to not only protect bee colonies in danger of collapsing, but actually causes them to grow and thrive. We have to see the results yet Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-20
+0
Not sure how much we know about this product. Details of exactly what is in BeesVita or how exactly it works are unclear. It appears to be an “animal food product” that contains “known components. Reply


 

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