Is a Tobacco Virus Killing All of the Honey Bees?

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Honey bee queen and workers

Honey bee queen and workers

A recent report out of the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD, verifies that the tobacco ringspot virus (TRSV) has not only been detected in honey bees, it replicates in them. It is very unusual for a disease to shift hosts, going from a plant to an insect. North Carolina State University Apiculture Specialist Dr. David Tarpy writes about these recent findings in his latest blog post.

Click here to learn more about this unusual shift and its repercussions for honey bee health.