Bees. Yours sincerely: Ben Ruzz
More intensive beekeeping does not increase the risk of diseases that damage or kill insects, according to new research.
It is believed that intensive agriculture, where animals or plants are harvested together at very high densities, leads to higher levels of disease spreading. It is not the case with honeybees
Their study modeled the spread of numerous bee diseases and found that overloading many colonies together "is unlikely to significantly increase the prevalence of diseases"
. the findings show that intensive beekeeping can accelerate the spread of new diseases.
"The overfishing of animals or crops ̵
1; or people – in a minimal space, usually increases the prevalence of disease," said Lewis Bartlett of Exeter University and Emory University.
"We conducted this study because beekeepers were worried about this – especially given the many threats that are currently causing the decline of bees."
"To our surprise, our results show that collisions are unlikely bees to help spread diseases that harm honeybees.
The risk of diseases that damage or kill insects, show new research. Yours sincerely: Ben Ruzz
"Bees live in close proximity to each other, of course, and our models show that adding more bees does not contribute much to increasing the risk of disease."
"So beekeepers should not worry about it how many bees hold together as long as there is enough food for them.
"The key is not whether they are facing disease – whether they are healthy enough to fight it." Although the paper says intensification of beekeeping does not stimulate disease among bees, Bartlett points out that intensive agriculture – especially pesticide use and habitat destruction – damages bees, including bees.
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Lewis J. Bartlett et al., Industrial bees: The impact of intensification of beekeeping on the local spread of the disease, Journal of Applied Ecology (2019). DOI: 10.1111 / 1365-2664.13461
University of Exeter
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