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Hive Scourge? Virus linked to recent honeybee die-off

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8:02am, September 5, 2007

A little-known virus has been tagged as a suspect, or maybe just an opportunistic marker of disease, in the recent unexplained disappearances of honeybees.

During the past year, an estimated 23 percent of U.S. beekeeping operations saw worker bees vanish over the course of a few weeks for no obvious reason, a phenomenon dubbed colony-collapse disorder (SN: 7/28/07, p. 56).

Now, a massive genetic analysis of bees and the organisms that live in their bodies suggests a tie to Israeli acute-paralysis virus (IAPV), says Diana Cox-Foster of Pennsylvania State University in University Park. IAPV was detected in 83 percent of samples of bees

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