Friday, July 20, 2007

Honeybee Kill: It's a Parasite from Asia

From Spain comes the news that the cause is identified:

A parasite common in Asian bees has spread to Europe and the Americas and is behind the mass disappearance of honeybees in many countries, says a Spanish scientist who has been studying the phenomenon for years.

The culprit is a microscopic parasite called nosema ceranae said Mariano Higes, who leads a team of researchers at a government-funded apiculture centre in Guadalajara, the province east of Madrid that is the heartland of Spain's honey industry

Global mercury (see below), global parasites. China's exports continue to rise.

HT: Of Arms and the Law


Random10 said...

Oh thank goodness, I was afraid it might have been trace molecules of Prozac in the bee water. By the way, fish get mites too.

Anonymous said...

Well, it wasn't estrogen --or at least it wasn't enough estrogen to turn the boy bees into semi-girls.