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Hygiene Is the Key to Protecting Honeybee Populations, Scientists Believe Hygiene Is the Key to Protecting Honeybee Populations, Scientists Believe

Hygiene Is the Key to Protecting Honeybee Populations, Scientists Believe

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Each year, beekeepers lose a percentage of their population, with up to 15-percent loss being sustainable. Unfortunately, in recent years, those annual losses have topped 28 percent, making it a serious problem. One cause of colony loss is something called “colony collapse,” which happens when disease impacts some members of a honeybee colony, causing it to spread to other bees. Even though the rate of collapse has dropped in recent years, dwindling colonies remain a serious issue.

One way to protect the bee population is to for beekeepers to find a way to reduce the spread of disease within their colonies. Researchers believe they may have found the key to that. It starts with identifying those bees that have a higher level of cleanliness in their colonies, then breeding those bees to increase their population.

The experts believe that there’s a hygienic gene present in some bees but not in others. Realizing this, they believe that they can create tools that will help beekeepers both identify the bees that have those genes, then breed them for overall healthier populations. This cleanliness will then help reduce disease within their colonies, preventing the colony collapse that can lead to the escalation of bee extinction.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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