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Honeybee

By Stephen Oakley All Rights Reserved ©

Horror / Scifi

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An organic honey farm in Cornwall, England, notices a rapid decline in honeybee populations caused by a deadly plant virus. A virus that has managed to leap a billion evolutionary years between a plant and a honeybee. If the honeybees die out, pollination of crops would suffer greatly. The government are in a state of panic as scientists frantically try to develop a vaccine. The untested vaccine is promptly applied to all future crops across the country with disastrous results – The virus has mutated and made a further leap from plants and into the immune systems of humans and animals. It’s up to Jason Lambert, a Park Ranger, to survive the initial onslaught, as the virus continues to mutate, and search the country for survivors and ultimately… a cure.An organic honey farm in Cornwall, England, notices a rapid decline in honeybee populations caused by a deadly plant virus. A virus that has managed to leap a billion evolutionary years between a plant and a honeybee. If the honeybees die out, pollination of crops would suffer greatly. The government are in a state of panic as scientists frantically try to develop a vaccine. The untested vaccine is promptly applied to all future crops

Foreword

Foreword

Honeybee populations worldwide are drastically declining with many hives experiencing Colony Collapse Disorder where 30–90% of hives are lost. Beekeepers and scientists are battling to understand why the bees are dying off.

The TRS (Tobacco Ringspot) Virus is a real threat to bee populations. Evolving for 1.6 billion years, the Tobacco Ringspot Virus has made a leap from plant hosts to honeybees. The virus has been known to infect 35 different families of plants including cucumbers, tomatoes and beans.

A bee becomes infected by collecting pollen from an infected plant and the virus promptly replicates in the bees wings, blood, nerves and antennae.

It is no easy task for a virus to hop from one host to another. Plants and bees are a billion evolutionary years apart and the Tobacco Ringspot Virus is the first reported virus to spread from plants to honeybees.

The consequences of a vast decline in honeybee populations could eventually be disastrous for humankind.

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” 
― Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee


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