Scientists discovered a virus that can turn bees into zombies

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — A recent article was published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which tells how scientists from the University of Illinois discovered a virus that can turn bees into zombies.

Thus, the virus proves to be quite an unusual impact on bees, got the name of IAPV.

Those insects, which unfortunately got infected by them, begin to behave in a rather strange way in the early stages of the disease – after they collect the necessary nectar, they do not fly towards their native hive – instead, they go to the side of the “alien” neighboring colony.

Thus, bees spread the virus extremely quickly.

“The most interesting result of our observations is that infection with the IAPV virus increases the likelihood that the individuals transporting it will be accepted into foreign colonies of bees. Somehow, they bypass the attention of the beehive guards, which usually does not happen among bees,” said the lead author of the study, Adam Dolezal.


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