Colony Collapse Disorder

If you haven’t been following the news, bees have been dying at alarming rates as adult bees get disoriented and can’t find their ways back to their nests. The NY Times does a good job of reporting the latest news on colony collapse disorder or disappearing bee syndrome.
 
The syndrome is happening in the US and Europe and when it happens there are microorganisms found in the hive that are not normally present.
 
Researchers have also discovered fungus in some affected colonies. The same fungus in fact which is found in human HIV and cancer patients.
 
The cause of the syndrome is unclear but theories abound. Cell phones, cell phone towers, genetically modified food and pesticides are all potential causes for the disorder according to the article.
 
The problem of course with the disappearing of bees is the subsequent loss in crops they pollinate. We rely on bees more than we know for much of the food we eat. Let’s hope scientists can find out what the problem is and solve it quickly.

  • larsporsena
    May 13, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    I dont know why anyone expects real answers.
    If they are not going to test for uranium salts from depleted uranium fallout from afghanistan.
    Other heavy metals are strong cantidates , but they would indicate abuses of environmental laws by big corporations and it would dissappear out of the media faster than light .
    Expect the usual farce government spending hundreds of millions getting scientists to conduct experiments in studies designed to be inconclusive.
    Then a big of crocodile tears tut tut we tried we cant do any thing, and then make the thing quietly move to page 20 of the paper then kill off the story all together.
    enjoy
    lars

  • larsporsena
    May 13, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    I dont know why anyone expects real answers.
    If they are not going to test for uranium salts from depleted uranium fallout from afghanistan.
    Other heavy metals are strong cantidates , but they would indicate abuses of environmental laws by big corporations and it would dissappear out of the media faster than light .
    Expect the usual farce government spending hundreds of millions getting scientists to conduct experiments in studies designed to be inconclusive.
    Then a bit of crocodile tears tut tut we tried we cant do any thing, and then make the thing quietly move to page 20 of the paper then kill off the story all together.
    enjoy
    lars

  • John A. Hartigan
    May 16, 2007 at 8:46 am

    My fantasy book “Kendal the Baker Bee” being published in June 2007 addresses the problems of beekeepers and healthy bees in a fanciful way. These remarkable little creatures are too good to see them going down the environmental drain.

  • kitty,dandi,chrissy
    June 4, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    hiya!
    i know why some people want real answers.
    because some of us have tsa projects to deal with
    and we need this crap to help us do it!
    i tried for about two weeks to figure out an answer so i could put it on my display
    but i had no idea it would be this hard!
    well w/e i will keep looking!
    sincerely
    the crew!

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