With wild bees already under threat from habitat loss and pesticides, diseases could have a profound impact on populations, say scientists.
In Britain, bumblebee species are declining, and two have become extinct.
Conservation groups are calling for tougher regulations on importing bees for commercial use.
Researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London, collected hundreds of free flying honeybees and wild bumblebees in 26 areas of England, Wales and Scotland.
Analysis revealed that five common viruses which cause disease in honeybees are circulating in bumblebees.
More needs to be done to protect both wild bees and commercial honeybees, said a team led by Prof Mark Brown of the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London.
"Our findings reveal the widespread prevalence in wild bee populations of multiple RNA viruses previously associated with honeybees," the researchers report in the Journal of Animal Ecology.
Together with other environmental factors, such as habitat loss and pesticides, diseases could have a "profound impact on the long-term health of bee populations," they said".
The Rolling Stones had it right... you can't always get what you want.
Instead I got what I needed. Inspiration!
Curious? Find out what I'm blethering on about here:
Hope you find the inspiration you need this week my friends.
Enjoy and share :)
ELECTRIFIED TORONTO SKYLINE
Five days is barely enough time just to scratch the surface of all that #Iceland has to offer. Years ago, if you asked this Brooklyn boy whether he'd so eagerly enjoy getting up at an ungodly hour to photograph gigantic landscapes in below freezing temps, he'd probably laugh so hard that milk would come out of his nose. But that's what it takes to experience the grandeur of this marvelous country during its winter season.
Our last full day in Iceland brought us to several of its better known waterfalls and ended with a beautiful sunset at the blue lagoons in Grindavík. However, in between that, Colby, Joe, and I managed to sneak in an hour photographing a herd of Icelandic horses as they grazed, napped and played around. Several even tried to take a few chomps out of my Really Right Stuff tripod!
Photographing wildlife is about as foreign to me as photographing a wedding but in spite of that, I find the former to be much more calming and appealing than the latter. :) These horses were so friendly and approachable, making it that much easier to move around them to compose a photo. All in all, it was a wonderful time.
Technically, Day 6 was our travel day where we departed Iceland for Oslo, Norway and then caught a domestic flight north to Evenes. From there, we drove for about 3 hours to our destination: Reines, part of the Lofoten Islands. I'll save Day 1 of Norway for tomorrow but let's just say that within 15 minutes of checking into our cabin, we were created with a night sky full of brilliant aurora. Norway has welcomed us quite warmly.
Camera: a7R with the Sony A-Mount 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7
- University of TorontoClinical and Counselling Psychology, 1985Ph.D. October 1985. Clinical Counselling Psychology, Applied Psychology Department. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Toronto Ontario Canada.
- University of WaterlooApplied Psychology, Human Relations & Counselling Psychology, Psychology Department, 1974M.A.Sc. October 1974. Master’s of Applied Science, Applied Psychology, Human Relations and Counselling Psychology, Psychology Department. University of Waterloo. Waterloo Ontario Canada.
- McMaster UniversityHonours Psychology, 1970B.A. May 1970. Honours Psychology, Psychology Department. McMaster University. Hamilton Ontario Canada.
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