Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). “Virus Implicated in Bee Decline”. Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) was found in collapsed bee colonies 50-90% of bee colonies are affected by CCD IAPV may not be causal, but is associated
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California imports millions of bees each growing season for its almond crop.
Experts estimate that CCD is already costing 5.7 billion dollars world wide in lost crops and products each year
Scientists are still trying to discover why CCD is happening. Some possible contributing factors include:
…As part of complex ecosystems, the loss of pollinators would resonate in ways we haven’t begun to anticipate.
…We would no longer be able to mass produce some of our favorite and most nutritious vegetables.
The best strategy we have is to vaccinate against them before an infection takes place.
Viruses are much more difficult to treat than bacteria or most parasites.
Anti-viral drugs are not 100% effective, and usually virus-specific.
If you find bees on your property:
- Don’t use pesticides! Call a qualified pest control person.
If you want to do more:
- There are many resources online, including www.aaas.org, www.nrdc.org, and many more. Scientists also need help observing and cataloging bee populations.
Keep your own bee colony!
(Bee Keeping For Dummies is widely recommended by online bee communities as a starting point.)