01/22/2014 by syrbal-labrys
Wow, just when I thought destructive mites and pesticides and herbicides were bad enough for the decline of the very necessary honeybees? There is a linkage now between Colony Collapse and a plant disease.
Humans argue every year whether or not a bird flu can jump from birds to humans, although the history of zoonoses is long and varied. But when a virus can jump from a PLANT to an insect…that is a cross-KINGDOM leap. In a way, perhaps it is not surprising; one presumes the viral matter would be in the plant pollen and the plant pollen is what the bees collect to feed to larvae in the hive. So “baby bees” ingest the infected material…but this still bodes very frighteningly ill for bees.
Oh, and also, tho’ off topic — topping the list of things that make me wonder if we HUMANS have caught something colony-collapsing ourselves: “Who are you, what are you doing in my car?”