A lot of people have heard about all the honeybees that have been dying in recent years. For a long time it seemed like we were getting no closer to figuring out why. I heard explanations ranging from the somewhat plausible (pesticides, a cumulative effect from multiple pest attacks) to the absurd (cell phone radiation). None of it really made sense, though, because it didn't explain why the problem began suddenly, while all these factors have been around for years. Recently, however, a study was released that seems to finally explain the mystery.
Scientists have discovered a a new virus that interacts with a well-known fungus which triggers the collapse of the hives. The findings look promising because the virus was found in 100% of the failed hives and has not been detected in areas that haven't reported problems.
Although we don't know if there is any treatment we can provide the bees to help them fight this virus, the findings are good news because we have good ways to manage the problem of the complementary fungus, which is called Nosema. It looks like controlling this problem, which is relatively cheap and easy, should allow the bees to remain healthy enough to battle the virus on their own.
Bees communicate through a complex system of pheromones and dances. Dances vary in speed and style and can let one bee communicate the exact location of a nectar source several miles away. This blog is our way to communicate with you about the latest things going on at Golden Hills.