Israeli Scientist Discovered a Virus is Causing Bees to Disappear Worldwide

An Israeli scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says that he has found the answer to a 7 year old question: Where have all the bees gone?

By David Lev


An Israeli scientist says that he has found the answer to a riddle that has plagued scientists for the past several years: Why are bees disappearing? The answer, according to Professor Ilan Sela of Hebrew University is because they are succumbing to a virus.

Bee on Flower - YouTube screenshot

Bee on Flower – YouTube screenshot

Countries all over the world have reported in recent years of a drastic fall in their bee populations. The phenomenon has become so widespread that the condition was given its own name in 2006, and is called Colony Collapse Disorder. The disappearance of bees has led many scientists to fear that crops which rely on bees to spread pollen will be negatively affected, resulting in shortages in some crops.

Scientists have not been sure as to the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder, attributing it to situations as diverse as an increase in pesticide use to global warming, but according to Hebrew University’s Sela, the culprit is a virus that has been spreading in the worldwide bee population. Speaking to Israel Radio, Sela said that he had developed, together with an American company, a treatment for the virus, which rehabilitated up to 70% of the hives that it was tested on.

According to American officials, the losses to the economy due to the disappearance of bees in the past few years has been about $35 billion annually.


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  1. I am especially happy that I have discovered Mr Prager. I am happy that he is showing intelligent reporting and saying things that not only make good sense, but might very well get the uninformed to begin to listen to reason and to become understanding of all of the troubles that Israel has to ‘put up with’ especially from those who seem to know little of the real truths of the situations involved. I thank the Lord God of Israel for this wonderful intelligent kind Jewish man!
    Would to God that we had more of them in the Media….in America!!

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