I read over on EcoGeek that they’re making some progress on the disappearance of the bees. It now appears to be possible that the problem is caused by a fungus. But that’s not certain yet. It could still prove to be a variety of factors.
While these results are highly preliminary, I find them encouraging. It’s a relief to see a cause other than cell phones, which would be very hard to change, and find a fungus related to one they know how to handle.
The trouble is that this may not be the sole cause. The odds are still good that a number of factors are involved, and that the problem relates to the cumulative effect. So we can’t relax just yet and say that it’s not something that will involve big changes. If this fungus is only doing so much damage because the bees are weakened by a different factor, obviously there’s more to work on.
Just the fact that about a quarter of the commercial bee colonies have been lost in the United States is astounding. If this isn’t the solution, more work is going to need to be done fast to figure out what is wrong. A disruption like this to the food chain is no minor problem.