Friday, October 08, 2010

War bees!!? OMG!

Why are "military scientists" studying honeybee die-offs? Do military scientists (!) and entomologists really have a clue to honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder, or just another hypothesis to be tested and perhaps added to the cauldron a-boil?

The good news is, yes, there does appear to be a cold-and-damp-loving virus/fungus combination that affects honeybee morbidity. That's an addendum to the body of developing knowledge all right — so far, so good. It's not a solution, of course, until beekeepers have strategies to save their bees — and the third of annual bee-pollinated world agriculture that goes with.

The weird news is, entomologists in Montana and military scientists in Maryland teamed up to make the discovery! Is Colony Collapse Disorder a weapon? If so, ours? Or theirs?

Wotthehell, though. If Dr. Strangelove wants to solve the Colony Collapse problem, more power to him, I guess.

See also...

"Honeybees are Nature's rugged robots." - Los Alamos National Laboratory PR video

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