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Bee Colony Collapse Is Viral

Bee Colony Collapse Is Viral
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Biologist identifies reasons for the death of billions of the insects.

by Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 11 october 2010

A Texas Tech University biologist that has been exploring the decline of the bee population says that the insects may have taken a “one-two punch” from both a virus and a fungus, which has resulted in billions of the population being wiped out. The colony deaths have caused major concern with scientists as large sectors of agriculture depends on bees to pollinate crops.

PLoS One: “Iridovirus and Microsporidian Linked to Honey Bee Colony Decline”

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