argylesock says… Here’s the second of three articles about pollinators, from the Wellcome Trust blog, which I’m passing on today.
For years, a pathogen called deformed wing virus existed in honeybees in the UK. It caused no visible symptoms and appeared to have little effect on the health of the infected bees. This all changed when the Varroa destructor mite invaded the UK in 1992. The levels of deformed wing virus in bees exploded, leading to catastrophic consequences for hives all over the country.
The Varroa mite that transmits deformed wing virus can have a devastating effect on honeybees, but it and this virus are by no means the only threat to these insects. A number of other viruses and microorganisms can infect…
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