Tobacco Plant Virus Added to Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder

Jan. 25, 2014

Scientists add a plant virus to the causes of mass honeybee die-off

Jan. 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM ET

                                                                          A plant pathogen known as the tobacco ringspot virus has been added to the list of suspects in the long-running mystery of disappearing honeybee colonies.The virus typically afflicts tobacco plants and soybeans, but researchers reported that it became increasingly prevalent in declining bee colonies. The study was published online Tuesday by the journal mBio.  Read more at.

Systemic Spread and Propagation of a Plant-Pathogenic Virus in European Honeybees, Apis mellifera

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Colony Collapse Disorder

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