Honey Bee DNA Study Finds Australian Virus in Colony Collapse Disorder

"I think what will be suggested is a temporary embargo on Australian bees coming into the United States."

- Jerry Hayes, Pres., Apiary Inspectors of America

Honey bees atop hive board. Image © 2007 by Matt Cardy/Getty.
Honey bees atop hive board. Image © 2007 by Matt Cardy/Getty.

September 7, 2007   Gainesville, Florida - A year ago in October 2006, Pennsylvania beekeeper David Hackenberg, Hackenberg Apiary in Lewisburg, discovered that thousands of his bees were disappearing. Soon beekeepers all over the United States were reporting massive disappearances - some losing 90%. By the end of summer 2007, officials estimated that at least 25% of American honey bee colonies had disappeared and the cause was still unknown.

 

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