Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bee Island

It's a bad time for beekeepers, worldwide. Many colonies suddenly die off for no apparent reason. A number of diseases affect the bees, only some of which beekeepers know how to help with. Parasites drain the bees strength. They're worried about keeping the honey flowing.
Discovery News is reporting that a previously unknown settlement of European honeybees has been found, in Libya, that are immune to the most common bee diseases. They have apparently developed this immunity in isolation to the cultured bees that are so imperiled, by natural selection.
I predict that a commercial interest will develop in breeding these bees to existing honeybees to produce immune swarms. Libya will probably profit immensely from this.

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