Passing diseases from bee to bee
Infections can spread from honeybees to wild bumblebees
By Stephen Ornes, 09:57 AM March 11, 2014
It's not easy being a bee, no matter where you buzz. A variety of diseases threaten these ace pollinators of farm crops. And they are one reason that up to one-third of the honeybee colonies kept by U.S. beekeepers have been dying off each year. Now, a large new survey of buzzing pollinators in and around Great Britain delivers yet more grim news. The same viruses and parasites that sicken honeybees can spill over and infect wild bumblebees.
The new finding could help explain why populations ...
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