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A sea of blackberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 25, 2012

The blackberries will supply weeks of pollen and quality nectar for the bees.

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Honeybee colony loss – a likely culprit

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 13, 2012

” A parasitic mite has helped a virus wipe out billions of honeybees throughout the globe, say scientists.

A team studying honeybees in Hawaii found that the Varroa mite helped spread a particularly nasty strain of a disease called deformed wing virus.

The mites act as tiny incubators of one deadly form of the disease, and inject it directly into the bees’ blood.

This has led to “one of the most widely-distributed and contagious insect viruses on the planet”.”

Read the entire story here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/18339797

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