New Clue to Disappearing Honeybees

beesScientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign have discovered a new clue to explain why honeybees are disappearing, also known as colony collapse disorder (CCD).  May Berenbaum and her colleagues looked for genetic differences between bees that have suffered CCD and bees that were sampled before CCD became rampant.  The study found large quantities of fragmented ribosomal RNA (rRNA) in the bees affected by CCD and also found that the CCD bees suffered from more viruses that attack the ribosome.  While the study does not point out a cause or cure for CCD, it does help explain what is occurring.  For more information, see Science Daily.

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2 Comments on “New Clue to Disappearing Honeybees”

  1. Manuka Honey Says:

    American honeybees pollinate some 90 different crops that bring in more than $15 billion annually. We need to find out what is making the hives collapse and do something about it now.

  2. eccookbees Says:

    It is a shame that most of the information that is being presented to the beekeepers I find hard to believe myself. This CCD is just another way of seeing the bottom of our food chain is die. As a beekeeper myself I find a lot of this if hard to believe.


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