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Honeybee Virus: Varroa Mite Spreads Lethal Disease

Environment  (tags: bees, danger, mite & virus )

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A parasitic mite has helped a virus wipe out billions of honeybees throughout the globe, say scientists.

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Robert Tomlinson (62)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 7:29 pm
Very Interesting. Bees need protection from things that can be harmful to them and ............ US! Thanks for the post.

Bette M (91)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 8:07 pm
LOL.....Robert, the bees & other living animals can be wiped out very easily. But us sage humans are not likely to be wiped out any time soon.......A few of the eight billion will some how survive anything coming our way.

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Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Susanne R (235)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 8:21 pm
The article is very interesting, and the problem of the declining bee population is very serious issue. Dr. Stephen Martin stated that "most viruses were not normally harmful to the bees, but the mite 'selected' one lethal strain of one specific virus."

I don't understand that statement. A virus is also a parasite. If the mite is a parasite of the bee, and the mite is infected with the virus, isn't it more likely that the virus "selected" the mite?

Enjoyed the article, Dave! Thanks for posting it!

Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 8:50 pm
Thanks, Dave, quite interesting!

Alice C (1797)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 11:24 pm
Thank you for posting this information.

Edo R (71)
Friday June 8, 2012, 4:26 am
Thanks for sharing!

Jon T (59)
Friday June 8, 2012, 6:05 am
Was about to post this myself. Good that knowledge is growing in this area as despite some people seemingly disregarding it as not important, bees are important not just in their own right but they also play a vital role in pollination - including of food crops.

TomCat S (128)
Friday June 8, 2012, 8:54 am
Thanks Dave. That has to be bad news.

Jim P (3257)
Friday June 8, 2012, 11:23 am
Thanks for the article.

Another mystery is being solved. However, the virus, mites, are not the only problems facing the Bees
everywhere. Let us not forget the chemicals, insecticides, pesticides made and used by the various
chemical companiew. DOW, Bayer, Monsanto have all contributed to the downfall of the Bees Worldwide.

Ty, Dave.

Nancy C (806)
Friday June 8, 2012, 12:42 pm
Saw this too. And Jim's right as well. If we don't get rid of the toxins...

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday June 8, 2012, 11:36 pm
We can't live without Bees - and with what humans are doing to the environment - GMO crops, lethal sprays - is it any wonder they are in decline? The most worrying part of all this is that Governments are deaf to our petitions to stop companies like Monsanto, Bayer et al.....from spreading death and destruction. Thanks Dave.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 10:52 am
Thankyou for sending and posting this article , Dave...

Saturday June 9, 2012, 5:49 pm
If the Bees all die, we all die!

Missy G (24)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 8:41 pm
I'm not a fan of bees but this is sad!! Is there nothing they can do to help them

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 6:42 am
Thanks for the information.

Dany Strakova (123)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 10:01 am

Robert O (12)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 3:06 pm
Interesting and very worrisome. Thanks Dave.
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