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Deadly Disease Hits Some WA Beehives

September 10, 2007

Spokane, WA – Some Washington beekeepers have lost hives this year to "colony collapse disorder," the deadly disease that scientists speculate may be caused by a virus. Jerry Tate, president of the Washington State Beekeepers' Association, says it should also serve as a wake-up call in an industry where research has long been underfunded.

"Well, the government has ignored beekeeping for many, many years. We have not even been able to tag onto farm bills with anything substantial to help our bee research people."

Tate says his members were not surprised by the most recent theory. The unusually hot, dry weather in many places has made bees more susceptible to disease.

"Most of us feel that there's a nutrition issue with our bees because of the poor summers we've been having. Honey crops have been down significantly; this year is going be a third year in a row."

Tate says 30 percent of U.S. crops are at risk if there are not enough bees to pollinate them in the spring. Most Washington beekeepers take their hives to California for the winter, where they pollinate early crops in the mild weather, and then bring them back in the spring.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA