- Nov 8, 2008
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Got this through from my local association, thought it may be of interest
Just needed to add that this is not the views of the LRBKA but just a forwarded messageThe New Scientist (29th August 2009) gives the cause of colony collapse disorder (CCD) as a genetic fault. May Berenbaum of the University of Illinois found, whilst mapping the genome of the honeybee, that 65 genes in CCD bees were distinctly different to bees whose colonies had not shown signs of CCD. She also discovered unusual snippets of genetic material typical of a picorna-like virus which is known to infect RNA, the building block for DNA. She found no evidence to suggest that pesticides or bacterial infections are the primary cause of CCD. Berenbaum's research suggests that the picorna virus may however make bees more vulnerable to pesticides or bacterial infections.
The Swiss Bee Research Centre in Bern believes that "genetic screening could be a new avenue for colony monitoring". Berenbaum would now like to study the genetics of other countries' CCD bees to ascertain whether her research could find similar results there also.