Global virus pandemic in honeybees is manmade, not natural

Global virus pandemic in honeybees is manmade, not natural

A disease, which is wiping off bee populations across globe, originated in Europe and has been spread through human acts. The virus is being spread through European honeybees, said the researchers.

The European honeybees are considered to be the carrying agent of the Deformed Wing Virus. The researchers said that the phenomenon is not a natural one and is mainly man-made. Human commerce and transfer of bees for the purpose of crop pollination are the main reasons behind the spread.

The Varroa mite is one of the disease vectors in this situation. The researchers have affirmed that millions of honey bees have been killed owing to the little critter. Explaining the phenomenon, the researchers shared that the Varroa eat the bee larvae and the Deformed Wing Virus causes bees to bite the dust.

The researchers said that both the Varroa mite and Deformed Wing Virus are linked with Europe has back source. If the disease would have been natural then it would have been spread around the nearby places.

But areas and regions that are as far as Europe and New Zealand are showing the problem, which shows it is a man-made issue. “This is the first study to conclude that Europe is the backbone of the global spread of the bee killing combination of Deformed Wing Virus and Varroa. This demonstrates that the spread of this combination is largely manmade”, affirmed study’s lead researcher Dr Lena Wilfert, of the University of Exeter's Centre for Ecology and Conservation.

The study strengthens the theory that human transportation of bees is liable for the spread of devastating disease. The disease known as Deformed Wing Virus has spread from Europe to North America, Australia and then New Zealand. The disease has not spread in Asia and Australia.

The key finding of the study as per senior author Professor Mike Boots of Exeter and UC Berkeley is that global virus pandemic in honeybees is manmade not natural. Therefore, it is in our hands to take steps to curb the same.

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