[ RadSafe ] Honeybee die off threatens food supply
crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Thu May 3 12:41:10 CDT 2007
One of the interesting findings is that the origianl,
infected bees (and I heard it was a fungus), are
weaked by the infection. When they fly out to gather
pollen, they are too weak to return. Thus, they are
taking the infectious agent with them. If the virus
or fungus cannot survive without direct contact with
another bee, the hive becomes safe for new bees to
colonize the hive.
I had heard this irradiation story before, but did not
see that doses they used. I know when the government
started sterilzing the mail in 2001, there were
problems with the material catching five. It takes
megagray to sterilize for visuses.
--- stewart farber <radproject at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
> >From an article on honeybee die off testing and
> theories, an interesting paragraph:
> "The top suspects are a parasite, an unknown virus,
> some kind of bacteria, pesticides, or a one-two
> combination of the top four, with one weakening the
> honeybee and the second killing it.
> A quick experiment with some of the devastated hives
> makes pesticides seem less likely. In the recent
> experiment, Pettis and colleagues irradiated some
> hard-hit hives and reintroduced new bee colonies.
> More bees thrived in the irradiated hives than in
> the non-irradiated ones, pointing toward some kind
> of disease or parasite that was killed by radiation"
> I wonder what kind of doses they gave to the
> irradiated hives in this experiment. Had to be
> sustantial to kill bacteria or parasites.
> Stewart Farber, MS Public Health
> Consulting Scientist
>  441-8433 [office]
> email: radproject at sbcglobal.net
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