Bee Mystery Solved?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Lunachick, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    If this has already been posted, then please disregard. My local paper this morning:

    A Spanish researcher says he has found the reason why massive numbers of bees have disappeared from hives across North America, Europe and parts of Argentina in recent months. Mariano Higes, who heads a government-funded apiculture center in Guadalajara, says the culprit is a tiny parasite called "nosema ceranae", which appears to have spread from Asia to hives in Europe and the Americas. Asian honeybees have more resistance to it, but the paraiste can kill European bees within days. Although Higes has not tested hives in the US, he says his team has detected "nosema ceranae" across parts of Europe and eastern Canada where the sudden colony collapse disorder has killed massive numbers of bees. "We've no doublt at all it's nosema ceranae, and we think 50% of Spanish hives are infected", Treatment for the parasite is effective and costs only about $1.40 per hive according to Higes.

    Hey you beekeepers out there, what do you think?
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2007
  2. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bristol, England
    I don't keep bees, but I wonder if the solution would be to restock with Asian bees?
  3. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    Central Florida
    I wonder if it can be used as a weapon against Africanized Bees (Killer Bees)? [​IMG]
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Luna, thanks for posting this info. The shortage of bees is very scary. While the
    media is turning everyones attention to global warming we may have a real
    disaster right under our noses, and no one seems to care.

    I'll reserve judgement on this research until more is done. I have barely seen
    any bees this year, including honey bees, yellow jackets, bumblebees, and even
    wasps and hornets. It's downright scary.
  5. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

    May 7, 2007
    fingerlakes, ny
    That's very encouraging. I've been planning to get a couple of hives next spring, so that my garden will have pollinators and for honey, of course. If this whole issue is a $1.40 treatment, I feel better about investing in hives, etc.

    I mean, I'll do it anyway, even with the risk of Colony Collapse Disorder. But if it's an easy fix, all the better.
  6. rachel

    rachel Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    From what I've read, the organic bees haven't really suffered. It's been the ones that get sprayed with all kinds of crap and stressed by traveling all over the country that have lowered immunity (due to the above mentioned reasons) that have become susceptible to the die-off.

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