Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths


Scientists have been trying to discover why the bees were dying, for years. Is it cell phone towers? Pesticides? bacteria? Now we have a new research that pinpoints some of the probable causes and the results  which are more complex, pervasive and ultimately much more scary.

The researchers behind the study in PLOS ONE – Jeffery S. Pettis, Elinor M. Lichtenberg, Michael Andree, Jennie Stitzinger, Robyn Rose, Dennis van Engelsdorp – collected pollen from hives on the east coast pollinating cranberry, watermelon and other crops and fed it to healthy bees. The pollen they were fed had an average of nine different pesticides and fungicides and one sample contained a deadly mixture of 21 different chemicals.  those bees showed a significant decline in their ability to resist infection by a parasite called Nosema ceranae which has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD and the bees that ate pollen with fungicides were three times more likely to…

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