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bee-wildflower-lavender-lgA Plant Virus Has Now Jumped to Bees

Two new studies shed light on the honeybee decline whodunnit.

By Tom Philpott | Wed Feb. 5, 2014 3:00 AM GMT


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                    Bees have now caught a virus that previously affected only plants.
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                    Two new studies shed light on the honeybee decline whodunnit.

In the classic board game Clue [1], murder mysteries have clear solutions: say, Col. Mustard with the candlestick in the dining room. In the stark recent declines of honeybees and other pollinators, however, the situation is murkier.

Bees encounter a range of insecticides and fungicides in their path. They endure the presence of a nasty parasite, the varroa mite [2], which didn’t make its way to the United States until the late 1980s. They also have to deal with pesticides specifically designed to target those mites (called, yes, miticides). Over winter, commercial beehives tend…

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