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SCIENTISTS find GENES that HELP BEES DEFEND against MITES

 
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11/10/2012 08:39 AM

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SCIENTISTS find GENES that HELP BEES DEFEND against MITES
Purdue University researchers are zeroing in on genes that help honeybees defend against varroa mites, one of the largest factors in bee population declines.

Varroa mites are parasites that attack honeybees and infect them with viruses that cause death. The mites can infest and kill entire bee colonies.

But certain honeybees have developed defensive behaviors that allow them to kill the varroa mites or disrupt mite reproduction. Greg Hunt, a professor of behavioral genetics, and Jennifer Tsuruda, a Purdue postdoctoral researcher, are searching for the genes that provide those defenses and believe they've narrowed the options considerably.

"Bees are fighting back. They're getting rid of the mites themselves," said Hunt, whose findings were published in two papers in PLOS ONE. "We can select for these traits now, but it's tedious. If we can identify the genes that influence these traits, we could develop better methods to screen for these genes and speed the process."

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11/10/2012 08:42 AM
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Re: SCIENTISTS find GENES that HELP BEES DEFEND against MITES
the stone washed ones would probably be best.

i wonder if anyone makes belts for bees to help hold their genes up?

maybe a niche that can be filled?
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Re: SCIENTISTS find GENES that HELP BEES DEFEND against MITES
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11/10/2012 08:52 AM
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Bring on the GMO bees!

This sounds like a golden honey of a deal for Monsanto, and big pharma can sew up the health benefits of bee vomit with patents.
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11/10/2012 09:28 AM
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Re: SCIENTISTS find GENES that HELP BEES DEFEND against MITES
the stone washed ones would probably be best.

i wonder if anyone makes belts for bees to help hold their genes up?

maybe a niche that can be filled?
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Bees wear suspenders don't they? 1dunno1
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11/10/2012 10:04 AM
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Bring on the GMO bees!

This sounds like a golden honey of a deal for Monsanto, and big pharma can sew up the health benefits of bee vomit with patents.
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We just got screwed !!! Remember the stories of Monsanto buying up all the hives! Create the problem, with a solution that will raise more problems and need more solutions.....
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11/10/2012 10:43 AM
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Re: SCIENTISTS find GENES that HELP BEES DEFEND against MITES
Imagine collecting royalties on every bee-pollinated plant and anything containing honey. All you have to do is wipe out the natural bee population and replace them with Monsanto's GMO super bees.

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