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    This has long been of inerest to me, and I am personally very gratified to see they have isolated the issues. US ag is highly dependent upon bees, and entire hives were dying off in rapid fashion.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/07/science/07bees.html

    Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery

    By KIRK JOHNSON

    Published: October 6, 2010

    Since 2006, 20 to 40 percent of the bee colonies in the United States alone have suffered “colony collapse.” Suspected culprits ranged from pesticides to genetically modified food.

    Now, a unique partnership — of military scientists and entomologists — appears to have achieved a major breakthrough: identifying a new suspect, or two.

    A fungus tag-teaming with a virus have apparently interacted to cause the problem, according to a paper by Army scientists in Maryland and bee experts in Montana in the online science journal PLoS One.


    *snip*

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    a few videos on this...




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      Re: Colony Collapse solved?

      Originally posted by doom&gloom View Post
      This has long been of interest to me, and I am personally very gratified to see they have isolated the issues.
      Dang - not so fast. If the following story is correct, then this "research" condemning viruses and fungi might be the fraudulent product of pesticide maker Bayer dodging blame.

      Mike Adams reports in the article Honeybee researcher who blames virus for CCD has financial ties to pesticide manufacturer on Naturalnews:
      The New York Times recently published a story on a new report that claims to have discovered one of the primary causes of colony collapse disorder (CCD), a condition in which entire colonies of bees mysteriously die. But the report, which pins a fungus and virus combination as the culprit, was headed by a researcher with financial ties to Bayer Crop Science, the creator of pesticide products that are also linked to CCD.

      Why is this important? For starters, Bayer is responsible for the production of neonicotinoid crop pesticides that have been increasingly linked to causing CCD. But ever since the new report broke headlines, the mainstream media has shifted its focus from things like pesticides to the supposed fungus/virus, and some are calling foul.

      According to a recent CNN Money report, Bayer gave a sizable research grant to Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk, lead author of the new study that conveniently steers clear of any mention of pesticides as a possible culprit. And some believe that the move was nothing more than a ploy to use junk science to protect Bayer from further scrutiny over its pesticides.

      Prior to receiving grant money, Bromenshenk had planned to testify against Bayer

      Interestingly, Bromenshenk had been after Bayer's pesticides prior to receiving the grant money, and had even agreed to be a key witness in a class-action lawsuit by a group of North Dakota Beekeepers against Bayer. The plaintiffs all believed strongly that Bayer's pesticides were largely responsible for the mass die-off of their bees, and Bromenshenk seemed to be in agreement as well. But shortly after receiving the research grant from Bayer, Dr. Bromenshenk mysteriously switched sides and began to pursue other research options instead.

      Conducted in cahoots with Army scientists at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, the study focused entirely on the disease option and avoided any mention of pesticides. Bromenshenk insists that the grant played no role in his change of mind, or in the outcome of the study, but not everyone is convinced. After all, Bromenshenk also owns a company called Bee Alert Technology that is working on a hand-held acoustic scanner to detect bee ailments -- a device that will sell really well if the cause of CCD is pinned on a contagious disease rather than on pesticides.

      Numerous studies link pesticides, environmental toxins to CCD

      Back in May, NaturalNews highlighted a study out of Washington State University (WSU) that evaluated pesticide levels in honeybee wax (http://www.naturalnews.com/028429_c...). The research team found that much wax contains "fairly high levels of pesticide residue" and that such residue "significantly reduced (bee) longevity".

      A study conducted prior to that one identified very high levels of two particular pesticides in honeybee wax, as well as lower levels of 70 others. Many researchers believe that such exposure results in bees developing immune-deficiency diseases that compromise their health and make them more susceptible to infection. This hypothesis would explain why bees are allegedly contracting and dying from the newly discovered fungus/virus.
      Most folks are good; a few aren't.

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        Re: Colony Collapse solved?

        sigh...

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