Bees Rigged with RFID Trackers Show Consequences Of Parasites on Pollen Production

Clapway   By Chris   July 15, 2015

Whether they like it or not, bees are the center of attention in the world of scientific studies. This be may be due in part to fact that so many earthly ecosystems depend on their pollination to thrive, or because bee behavior is simply fascinating. Either way, this focus has led researchers to place trackers on honeybees in hives. The results reveal that some of these bees have actually completely lost their ability to pollinate, leading experts to panic about the future of bees and the ecosystems which depend so heavily on them.


The overworked honeybees just won’t get to work, it seems. According to the research executed by Dr. Lori Lach of James Cook University, those bees infected with the parasite Nosema Apis sharply decrease their pollination. This has devastating effects if the parasites become or have become widespread.

According to Dr. Lach’s research, “our finding that bees inoculated with a low dose of N. ap is carried less pollen on their body than non-inoculated bees is...

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