BEES IN A BOTHER
A DEADLY virus is spreading through the bee population in England and Wales, killing entire colonies.
A study by a team of researchers from Newcastle University has found that the viral disease, known as chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV), has risen alarmingly since 2007, when it was only recorded in Lincolnshire. Data collected from 24,000 visits to beekeepers in the UK from 2007-2017 found the virus in 39 counties in England and six in Wales. The huge increase in the spread of the disease is a great worry, as it can wipe out an entire colony in just a week. Further studies are now focusing on the best way to keep bees and bee colonies healthy.
The full report was published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.