Virus is Possible Lead in Loss of Bees

Israeli virus could be a possible lead in what might be causing bee deaths and the disappearance of bee colonies.

The San Diego Farm Bureau recently reported the discovery of a possible lead in recent bee losses and colony disappearances.

It reports the Israeli acute paralysis virus, a microbe discovered in Israel three years ago might have acted in with other factors, such as parasitic mites, weather extremes or pesticide poisoning, to kill nearly a quarter of the nation’s commercial colonies over the winter.

Scientists and researchers plan to determine if the virus does in fact cause disease–and then see if they can discover ways to bring back the bees.

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