How Parasites Could Be Contributing to the Decline of Honeybee Colonies

According to a study performed by University of California, San Diego, biologists have discovered a new parasite that could be shortening the life spans of honey bee colonies. This parasite can infect adult honeybees as well as honeybee larvae—infant honeybees that are infected generally have reduced lifespans as a result.

This falls on the heels of reports that starting in 2006, nearly one-third of honeybee colonies have been lost per year, with the newly discovered parasite being the culprit. The study will hopefully spawn more research into this parasite and how it is transmitted in the future.

Thanks to University of California, San Diego, one of our Sweet Earth Project Partners for doing the good work to improve the lives of bees!

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