Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Breakthrough in mystery bee disappearances

For a while now, experts have been watching nervously as bees have mysteriously disappeared around the world (bee populations have crashed up to 30 percent in the UK). Who cares about bees? They're a fundamental part of the food chain, hot shot. You wipe out bees, one-third of our food is in jeopardy.

So you can imagine how important it is to get this figured out. Well, a team in Spain has isolated a parasite (Nosema ceranae, "Microsporidia") common to collapsed bee colonies. (
Science Daily) Not only that, they managed to treat infected bees "with complete success." Wow.

No, Pound30 ain't popping the champagne yet. With a problem this size, there are probably a lot of contributing factors. But it's a relief to see some progress here.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.