Concern about honeybee decline is spreading to other bee species. Researchers have documented the spread of mite-borne viruses associated with colony collapse disorder to wild bumblebee populations. The viruses appear to spread between bee species when diseased and healthy bees forage from the same plants. Bumblebees seem to be even more susceptible to these diseases than their honey-making cousins.
“Wild populations of bumblebees appear to be in significant decline across Europe, North America, South America and also in Asia,” study leader Mark Brown of the University of London said on NBC News.
Diseases, fungal infections, and parasites are just a few of the problems that are taking a toll on bee populations. Researchers have also implicated agricultural insecticides, pollution, and habitat loss in massive bee die-offs over the past several years.
Bees are primary pollinators of food crops and ornamental flowers. The world’s food supply could be at risk if solutions to bee problems are not found.
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