Viruses threaten wild bumblebees | Adopt A Hive

Several viruses associated with managed honeybees may pose a widespread risk to bumblebees in the wild, according to latest research.

It identified five viruses from both wild bumblebees and managed honeybees at 26 sites across Great Britain. Previously research had only identified one pathogen, deformed wing virus, as having passed from honeybees to bumblebees, said Professor Robert Paxton of Queen’s University Belfast.

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