The honeybees that pollinate the crops of Europe and the US have been hit by a new disease that’s sweeping through the bees.
The disease is called the H5N1 pandemic and it’s hitting the honeybee population in Europe and North America.
As the disease sweeps across the continent, scientists are worried that the numbers of the bees will plunge.
Honeybees are pollinating more than a billion crops across Europe and more than half the crops in North America are under attack.
But honeybees are also the bees’ main food source.
So, how much of a price to pay for their pollination services?
A few years ago, there were only around 10 million bees left in Europe.
Now, the bees have fallen to less than 2 million.
A recent survey in Germany found that honeybees were eating a staggering 70% of the crops they pollinated.
“It’s not that honey bees are dying out.
They’re just not surviving,” Professor Peter Tromp of the University of Groningen told ABC News.
Professor Tromm says the bee population is already under pressure.
They’re dying out, but the problem isn’t just a global one.
Australia has seen a rapid decline in honeybee numbers, with around 50% of Australian honeybee colonies losing more than 10% of their numbers.
It’s now estimated that honeybee populations have fallen by almost a third in the past two years.
There are fears that the disease is spreading to other parts of the world, including the US.
Dr Paul Jansen of the Australian Honeybees Research Institute said the disease was causing major problems for beekeepers.
He says the main culprit is a new strain of the virus called H5-NAV.
‘It’s a major threat’Professor Jansen says there are two strains of the H7N9 pandemic virus that are now sweeping through Europe.
The H7-NAG virus causes the most severe illness and is transmitted via a person’s nose.
This is why honeybees tend to be so stressed when they’re on the market.
Once it gets to their hive, honeybees lose a lot of their immune system and become very weak.
While it’s hard to pinpoint the exact number of colonies that have been affected by this virus, it is believed to be much higher than before.
Researchers are worried about the spread of the disease.
With more than one million honeybee-related deaths across Europe, North America and the United States, there’s a growing concern that the pandemic could kill the entire honeybee colony.
In fact, the number of bees is predicted to fall to less more than 1 million within the next year.
Scientists are warning that the virus may be spreading to more species of bee and that this could threaten the future of the species.
Bees are the world’s most important pollinators, but honeybees can only carry out a small part of the food chain, Dr Jansen said.
Experts are now warning that we are in for a big, bad winter.