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Old 09-06-2007, 01:57 PM   #41
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More data, less clarity in bee colony collapse

When last we visited the issue of sudden colony collapse, which is worrying farmers by emptying beehives across the US, a parasitic fungus was being tapped as a potential cause. An early access publication in today's Science Express revisits the issue and, although it finds the fungus is more frequent in infected samples, the study suggests a virus is the actual culprit. But a global look at the parasite load in these sick bees suggests there are still some unanswered questions.
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:23 PM   #42
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maybe they need a macroscope and not just a microscope
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This may be the answer:

Scentless Spring? Flower Smells Blocked by Pollution

Study: Pollution alters spring aroma - LiveScience - MSNBC.com
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meanwhile, Swarm of bees attacks, kills man.

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Africanized honeybees are the result of a failed experiment in Brazil in the 1950s of mating bees from Africa with more docile European bees, Feiber said.
The genes of the bees from Africa proved to be dominant in hybrid offspring, producing an attack-prone breed.
The breed moved into the United States through Mexico, making its first appearance in Texas in 1990, Feiber said.
The bees appeared in Florida in 2002. They have been seen in all counties south of Marion, the southernmost county of north-central Florida, according to agriculture officials.
Although Davis' death was the first thought to be caused by aggressive bees in Florida, at least 17 deaths have been attributed to Africanized bee attacks in the U.S.
we really have screwed with this planet, haven't we.
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Yup. Last year WA avoided the worst of the bee problem. Not this year.

Local News | "Major disaster" for bees may jeopardize Washington state's crops | Seattle Times Newspaper

In our large garden we hardly ever see honey bees anymore. Lots of bumble bees and mason bees fortunately.

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we really have screwed with this planet, haven't we.
We have. Been doing it since we picked up rocks and formed tools.

Far more deaths have occurred due to things man has had no influence on. Venomous snakes, disease, fires, floods, lightening, etc....

To the extent that we are thinking creatures and populate a good portion of this planet, I'd pretty much expect that we would influence it (positively and negatively) in many ways.

Glass half full: those 'killer bee' hybrids are slightly LESS aggressive than the original african strain. So it's an improvement, no?

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I found this interesting - it turns out that the african bees are more aggressive because since ancient times, humans and other animals 'robbed' the honey and killed the colony. The fiercest bee colonies survived.

In Europe, they 'kept' hives, and sort of 'domesticated' the bees, like dogs. The tamest colonies were selectively bred.

So, man has been involved in this for a long, long time.

And, while we have impacted the planet here - it's a bit of a chicken-egg thing. Had we not used the 'more advanced' methods of domestication, there would not be a 'gentler' bee to use for comparison. They would ALL be 'killer bees'.


Africanized bee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I've had a few honey bees buzzin' around the last couple weeks on warm days! That makes me one happy camper! Hopefully we'll have an abundance of buzzers again this year to pollinate everything, so we have another year of bumper crops of fruits, veggies, and flowers!!!
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Seems like someone has an idea as to the cause.

In other news, bees have feces, it can be analyzed, and someone has that job.

I thought my old job sucked...

"Greenhouse" bees spread disease to wild bees - Yahoo! News
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Hopefully we'll have an abundance of buzzers again this year to pollinate everything, so we have another year of bumper crops of fruits, veggies, and flowers!!!
UPDATE: We have more bees this year than anytime that I can remember! They're happily flying flower to flower doin' their thing, and allowing us to have our bumper crops!! YEA!!!
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In other news, bees have feces, it can be analyzed, and someone has that job.
"Gee, daddy, what do you do at work?"
"I'm a bee turd inspector, son."
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Thats "bee turd ANALYZER" mister...
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Thats "bee turd ANALYZER" mister...
I guess you're right....and beesides a "bee turd ANALyzer" would probably have a higher pay scale than a mere "bee turd inspector".

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