A viral pathogen that typically infects plants has been found in honeybees and could help explain their decline. Researchers working in the United States and China have reported their findings in a recent edition of mBio, the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Tobacco ringspot virus (TRSV), a pollen-borne pathogen, was found during routine screenings of commercial honeybees at a USDA laboratory, where further study revealed the RNA virus was replicating inside its honey ...

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