Hal Turner alleges that what's killing off the honey bees is a virus developed at Nes Tziyona laboratory in Israel. Overthrow.com calls him a hungous fraud, but some other webpages make the same claim about the virus:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&a...all&sa=X&a mp;a mp;oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&am p;q=bees+v irus+%22Nes+Tziyona+%22&spell=1
USDA admits to at leastan Israeli factor..........and seems anxious not to say too much about it, leaving gaping holes in this "news" account:
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(AXcess News) Washington - USDA researchers, in cooperation withscientists at two leading U.S. Universities,have found that the U.S. population of honey bees is threatened by a virus, which if it cannot be contained couldseverely hamper food production in the United States on crops that require pollination.
The honey bee virus is called Israeli acute paralysis and is responsible for the collapse of entire colonies.
So how serious a problem is Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV) that it would have the food industry buzzing about it? Researchers found an association between colony collapse disorder (CCD) in honey bees and IAPV, though they have been quick to say they're not positive that the honey bee virus is the culprit behind CCD, but all evidence points to Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus.
This is the first report of IAPV in the United States. IAPV was initially identified in honey bee colonies in Israel in 2002, where the honey bees exhibited unusual behavior, such as twitching wings outside the hive and a loss of worker bee populations. IAPV has not yet been formally accepted as a separate species; it is a close relative of Kashmir bee virus, which has been previously found in the United States.
"This does not identify IAPV as the cause of CCD," said USDA entomologist Jeffery S.Pettis, who led the research team for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). "What we have found is strictly a strong correlation of the appearance of IAPV and CCD together. We have not proven a cause-and-effect connection."
Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus is a dicistrovirus that can be transmitted by the varroa mite, Pettis explained. It was found in 96.1 percent of the CCD-bee samples.
The next step is exposing healthy hives to IAPV and seeing if CCD develops.
CCD became a matter of concern in the winter of 2006-2007 when some beekeepers began reporting losses of 30 to 90 percent of their hives. While colony losses are not unexpected during winter weather, the magnitude of loss suffered by some beekeepers was highly unusual...................Edited by: Nelson
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An article entitled "Germany and France Ban Pesticides Linked To Bee Deaths; Geneticist Urges U.S. Ban"
http://www.greenrightnow.com/2008/06...y-and-france-b an-pesticides-linked-to-bee-deaths-geneticist-urges-us-ban-w ould-save-the-bees/
An article entitled " Scientists launch fightback against mite that is wiping out our bees... by making it self-destruct"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...-1340791/Scien tists-launch-fightback-mite-wiping-bees--making-self-destruc t.html