ENVIRONMENT/ECONOMY

 

Foulbrood wipes out SA’s hives

 

 

 

NEWS

June 8 th, 2015

South Africa - After Europe and USA, it’s SA’s turn to face the extinction of bees. Bees are essential pollinators of many plant species. According to agronomist Mike Allsopp, a deadly hive disease is creating havoc for the first time in history. Bees get stressed by intensive beekeeping methods, pesticides, pollution and pressure imposed on them. Experts fear it will spread northward to the rest of Africa, a huge problem for hundreds of thousands of African beekeepers. The disease was discovered six years ago and the nightmare is becoming a reality. Hives are destroyed one by one. The bacterial disease attacks the brood and stops reproduction of worker bees. When a hive is dead, the bees rush to another hive and spread the disease through contaminated honey.  

 


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