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Bees

January 4, 2011

from insectidentification.org

The problem of bee colony collapse may be due to inbreeding and disease, and world populations are still in a free fall according to The Guardian.  While wild bees might be contracting viruses and spreading them to each other, according to research reported by treehugger, the reality of colony collapse disorder threatens the pollination and production of our food sources.  I’m wondering if bees are feeling stressed and therefore more vulnerable to disease, in the same way that humans can find themselves more susceptible to illness when under various types of psychic pressure.  I’m not attributing human-like consciousness to bees. I am however assuming bees have immunological systems that can be impacted by increased production of cortisol or other glutocorticoid hormones, or their equivalents in insects. Can environmental change cause the type of stress in bees that can weaken their immunological defenses?  Understanding what is happening to the bees is important to us for three reasons.  (more…)


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