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Bees Fight Back Against Colony Collapse Disorder

Science & Tech  (tags: honey, bees, Colony, Collapse, Disorder, genetic, trait, science, research, technology, investigation, environment, discovery, wildlife, protection, endangered, hybrid, colonies, Varroa, mites )

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Honey bees are now fighting back aggressively against Varroa mites, thanks to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) efforts to develop bees with a genetic trait that allows them to more easily find the mites and toss them out of the broodnest.

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Gorilly Girl (339)
Monday October 5, 2009, 3:54 pm
oHHHHHHHHHHH goodness I so hope they make it...I love bee's. Bee's pollinate, Bee's allow us honey, Bee's can make you excersise if you tick them off, Uh Bees are just great!!!!

Big gorilly Hugs

Tom M (814)
Monday October 5, 2009, 9:48 pm
"Bee's can make you excersise if you tick them off"... LOL! Thanks Gorilly Girl :)

Amena Andersson (187)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 1:51 pm
LOL, they certainly can, lol! Thanks, Tom and Gorilly Girl..

Fiona O (565)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 5:11 pm
The Israeli researchers have found a drug to kill the parasite that causes colony collapse disorder. It is now being tested by the FDA for release hopefully next Summer. That is a very good thing, since North America has lost 61% of its bee population during the last three years alone. Thank you, Tom, this news is not distressing because there is help on the way.

BernadetteP P (72)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 5:24 pm
intteresting tom

Jeanette Steffi G (189)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 6:04 pm
Without these bees, there would be no pollination, no flowers, no production, no honey, no insects, no herbivores, no carnivores and no humans. Without bees, simply speaking, nothing would survive. These very important insects must be helped and saved. With all the animals on the endangered species list, who knows maybe bees would be listed there, too.

Thanks for the news.

Fiona O (565)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 7:12 pm
Jeanette, you are so correct without the bees, there would be no flowers, no fruit at all, many vegetables would not be pollinated, so no herbivores, no carnivores, and no humans within four years. I tried to give you a green star but Care 2 said I already gave you one this week. Fortunately, like I said above, Israeli researchers have isolated the parasite causing Colony Collapse Disorder and it is currently being tested by the FDA for release in the US next Summer.

RosemaryRannes H (650)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 8:32 pm
Fascinating news and study... i'm a honey lover but terrified of bees though they are amazing ...
Posted on my Twitter page with thanks to you Tom :-)
and green stars to Bee Hive Lady and more to you too Tom *******************

Catherine Turley (192)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 11:35 pm
anyone know why you couldn't put a mite disk (meant for birds) next to a hive? wrong kind of mite? too powerful for bees?

mary f (202)
Wednesday October 7, 2009, 1:11 am
cant send you a green star tom i did already

Mark G (36)
Wednesday October 7, 2009, 6:53 am
"anyone know why you couldn't put a mite disk (meant for birds) next to a hive? wrong kind of mite? too powerful for bees?"
Different kind of mite. There are actually many different mites that occupy a bee hive. Most are beneficial (debris scavengers) or benign. The varroa jacobsoni and the acarapis woodi (tracheal mite) being the ones that are problematic for the hive.
I have seen many more honey bees this fall than in many years - a good sign.

Karen S (106)
Wednesday October 7, 2009, 12:23 pm
Great news, thanks, Tom

. (0)
Wednesday October 7, 2009, 1:05 pm
Thannxxx this is good news, and I am sure will take a lot of pressure off us.. knowing that they are fighting the good fight of faith
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