Virus Found to be One Likely Factor in Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

Posted on September 8, 2007  Comments (4)

Photo of a bee bu Justin Hunter

Scientists say a virus appears to be a factor in honeybee colony collapse by Andrew C. Revkin:

Scientists sifting genetic material from thriving and ailing bee colonies say a virus appears to be a prime suspect – but is unlikely to be the only culprit – in the mass die-offs of honeybees reported last autumn and winter.

Very well stated. The virus while seeming to be a factor in the deaths appears to cause death in colonies that are stressed which seem to be highly correlated with colonies that are moved from place to place by commercial beekeepers to pollinate various crops. Bees that are kept by hobbiest, wild bees… don’t seem to be dying off. The impact of CCD is growing economically as prices for renting bees to pollinate crops increases and in some cases there are not enough bees available. Honey prices are increasing and prices for food pollinated by bees are too.

The Department of Agriculture states: The only pathogen found in almost all samples from honey bee colonies with CCD, but not in non-CCD colonies, was the Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV), a dicistrovirus that can be transmitted by the varroa mite. It was found in 96.1 percent of the CCD-bee samples. This does not identify IAPV as the cause of CCD,” said Pettis. “What we have found is strictly a strong correlation of the appearance of IAPV and CCD together. We have not proven a cause-and-effect connection.”

Related: Bee researchers close in on Colony Collapse Disorder, Penn State (Penn State broke the link so it was removed) – Bye Bye BeesBee Colony Collapse Disorder CCDMore on Disappearing HoneybeesColony Collapse Disorder and Pollinator Decline

4 Responses to “Virus Found to be One Likely Factor in Bee Colony Collapse Disorder”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Scientists Search for Clues To Bee Mystery
    March 8th, 2008 @ 8:54 am

    Watching as scientists try to work out what is going on with Colony Collapse Disorder is a great lesson in how scientists search for answers…

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    July 1st, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

    “With the salmonella scare that has plagued tomatoes, Acheson has faced perhaps his biggest test—at least as far as outbreaks of illness go—since he assumed the newly created “food safety czar” post at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…”

  3. Curious Cat Science Blog » Solving the Mystery of the Vanishing Bees
    March 25th, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

    As I have mentioned before the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) investigations have been a great view into the scientific inquiry process…

  4. Study of the Colony Collapse Disorder Continues as Bee Colonies Continue to Disappear » Curious Cat Science Blog
    January 19th, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    It is a great example of the scientific inquiry process. It is messy and confusing and full of studies that have trouble finding what the actually causes are or what solutions will work…

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