Science and Technology : Suspicious Virus Makes Rare Cross-Kingdom Leap From Plants to Honeybees

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When HIV jumped from chimpanzees to humans sometime in the early 1900′s, it crossed a gulf spanning several million years of evolution. But tobacco ringspot virus, scientists announced last week, has made a jump that defies credulity. It has crossed a yawning chasm ~1.6 billion years wide.

And this is likely bad news for its new host, the honeybee, matchmaker of crops and bringer of honey. These are two services for which humans are both eternally indebted, and, in the case of the former, possibly unable to live without. Bees pollinate the majority of our fruit and nut crops and many vegetables — some 90 all told — without which humanity would be nutritionally impoverished. Yet shortages are a possibility we are confronting, as bee populations in America have declined in recent years for reasons that seem to be both diverse and elusive. Colony collapse disorder, as whatever it is is called, was first reported in 2006 and has spread globally. Many viruses, parasites, and pesticides have been implicated, but no smoking gun has emerged.
Full article: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/2014/01/31/suspicious-virus-makes-rare-cross-kingdom-leap-from-plants-to-honeybees/

Pretty interesting read.
 

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Actually, more bees have been killed by Monsanto pesticides than viruses





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Actually, more bees have been killed by Monsanto pesticides than viruses
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This isn't really the point of the article, and they admit that they don't even know if the virus is harmful yet or will be used as a vector to infect other tobacco plants.
 

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This isn't really the point of the article, and they admit that they don't even know if the virus is harmful yet or will be used as a vector to infect other tobacco plants.


Or, maybe the viruses are cause by Monsanto?





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