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  1. Oct 6, 2018 #1

    jedishrfu

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    SEATTLE—The epiphany that mushrooms could help save the world’s ailing bee colonies struck Paul Stamets while he was in bed.

    “I love waking dreams,” he said. “It’s a time when you’re just coming back into consciousness.”

    Years ago, in 1984, Stamets had noticed a “continuous convoy of bees” traveling from a patch of mushrooms he was growing and his beehives. The bees actually moved wood chips to access his mushroom’s mycelium, the branching fibers of fungus that look like cobwebs.

    https://triblive.com/usworld/world/...long-haired-hippie-could-help-save-the-worlds
     
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  3. Oct 7, 2018 #2

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  4. Oct 7, 2018 #3

    jedishrfu

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    I think several beellilion or more.
     
  5. Oct 8, 2018 #4
    So is "Roundup" the real cause of hive collapse?
     
  6. Oct 8, 2018 #5

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    Scientific studies have implicated pesticides containing neonicotinoid compounds in harming bees and other pollinator insects: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018...controversial-neonic-pesticides-threaten-bees

    Roundup, whose active ingredient is the herbicide glyphosate, would not be expected to directly affect insects, and I am not aware of any studies showing this.
     
  7. Oct 8, 2018 #6

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    Unlikely, as CCD has been observed in the 19th century. Glyphosate was invented in the 1970's.
     
  8. Oct 8, 2018 #7
    The article you referenced stated that the compounds impaired the bees' navigation and reproduction. I remember reading somewhere that glyphosate weakened their immune system making them vulnerable to a certain fungus. I'm so sorry, I can't provide the reference for you.
     
  9. Oct 8, 2018 #8

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