"Researchers in the US say they have found a unique combination of a
virus and a fungus that could explain Colony Collapse Disorder, a
mysterious illness that is wiping out beehive colonies around the world.
A paper on their findings was published online on 6 October in the
journal PLoS ONE.
First author Dr Jerry Bromenshenk, a bee expert and biology research
professor, at the University of Montana (UM) Division of Biological
Sciences in Missoula, said in a statement that they don't know for sure
if the two pathogens, a fungus called Nosema ceranae and a virus called
insect iridescent virus (IIV), cause Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), or
whether the colonies with CCD are more susceptible to them.
"It's a work in progress, but it may be the most important advance in
the search for the cause of CCD in the previous three years," said
I think it is a matter of time frames. If something occurs in a year
we sort can figure it out. 10 years and it requires intensive effort.
Beyond that it goes into a scientific fog with a few champions still
looking at possible implications. I believe the plastic and water
bottle issue will fall into the later. My gut says it tastes bad and I
trust my gut. Same for fish-farmed with feed junk like feathers and
That Spanish article on DDE may have merit but like most things it is
the whole assault in life that matters. I wish it was confined to under
three insults but it is not the case. Remember the half-life of TEL TML
aka LEAD well it has not gone away neither has above ground nuclear
testing. Sort of like the gift that keeps on giving.
Just one of many reasons to try to clean up.
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