Monday, March 17, 2014

Bees vs. Virus

Hello readers,
Recently, I have read an article named Deadly Virus Spreads From Plants to Honeybees, which was  about how bees are catching a virus and spreading it. This may be dangerous to humans as well as bees and scientists are trying to help.

Hosts for the Virus
Bees are turning into hosts for viruses coming from plants. Some quotes from the article, “A rapidly mutating virus has spread from plants to bees, and is contributing to the collapse of honeybee colonies…”  Another quote, “Further study revealed that the virus was replicating inside its honeybee hosts, and spreading to mites, tiny parasites similar to ticks.” I think this may be very dangerous knowing that most virus's are very strong and hard to fight off.

Taking over the Host
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The scientists find that the virus is found on every part of the bee examined, except the eyes.  A quote from the text, “Traces of the virus were detected in every part of the bee examined, except its eyes.” It think that if this is true, then the virus is even more dangerous than when I first thought about it. The virus is just going to keep mutating, and that might even more sacrifice the bees lives.

Collapsing Colonies, but for a Different Cause
Many colonies of bees are collapsing, but not just because of the virus. I the article it says, “Several other possible causes of bee colony collapse have been identified.” The article also says, “Activists have raised concern about a type of pesticide known as neonicotinoids, which have been banned in Europe. A study last year linked that pesticide with suppressed immune response and increased reproduction of viruses in bees.” I wonder if the colonies are collapsing, if these other causes are as dangerous as the virus than we have even more of a problem.


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Bees are turning into hosts for viruses that are coming from plants.
“A rapidly mutating virus has spread from plants to bees, and is contributing to the collapse of honeybee colonies…”  
“Further study revealed that the virus was replicating inside its honeybee hosts, and spreading to mites, tiny parasites similar to ticks.”
This may be very dangerous because if the bees are important
The viruses are found everywhere on the bees but their eyes.
“Traces of the virus were detected in every part of the bee examined, except its eyes.”
I think that if the virus is found on those parts of the bees than that could be even more dangerous to humans and bees than it already is.
Colonies of bees are collapsing not only from the viruses.
“Several other possible causes of bee colony collapse have been identified.”
“Activists have raised concern about a type of pesticide known as neonicotinoids, which have been banned in Europe. A study last year linked that pesticide with suppressed immune response and increased reproduction of viruses in bees.”
I wonder if the other causes are dangerous to bees as much as the virus.