UPDATE: Where have the bees gone?
babblingdweeb | April 26, 2007 at 10:38 amby
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I saw coverage on CNN, NP, MSNBC...it's been a mystery for some time. It looks like we might have an answer finally...
A fungus that caused widespread loss of bee colonies in Europe and Asia may be playing a crucial role in the mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder that is wiping out bees across the United States, UC San Francisco researchers said Wednesday.
Well it's not a final answer, but we are on the road to getting one!
But the results are "highly preliminary" and are from only a few hives from Le Grand in Merced County, UCSF biochemist Joe DeRisi said. "We don't want to give anybody the impression that this thing has been solved."
the current loss appears unprecedented. Beekeepers in 28 states, Canada and Britain have reported large losses. About a quarter of the estimated 2.4 million commercial colonies across the United States have been lost since fall, said Jerry Hayes of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Gainesville.
Previous coverage on NP:
- David Suzuki: Mysterious phenomenon has researchers baffled
- Cell Phone Radiation Could Be Killing Bees
- Vanishing honeybees mystify scientists
- BEE Afraid, Be Very Afraid! :: Oblate Spheroid
- Are Mobile Phones Killing the Bees?
- Where Have All the Bees Gone?
- Honeybee Deaths Continue
- Massive Honey Bee Die-Off Threatens US Crops
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