Fine Structure

About Those Missing Honey Bees

In the recent past we've been hearing about entire colonies of honey bees that have been wiped out due to the so-called Colony Collapse Disorder and now there's a report that it's been all been because of a fungal Nosema ceranae infection. Researchers have created antibiotics to kill off these infections and infected colonies have returned from the brink.

Is it just me or should we be searching (or mutating and breeding) for a naturally resistant honey bee rather than antibiotic-ing our way out of this? Wide application of this antibiotic would only increase the chances of creating a super-infection resistant to our antibiotic. Then we'd really be screwed. And the honey bees as well.

Or am I missing something here?

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