|Betreff: Bees...re heat, stress, etc.
|Von: JCMPelican @aol.com
|Datum: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 15:41:05 EDT
Since the generation of heat is an dependent on the same molecular mechanisms by which we maintain heat-we may be seeing an example of chronic befatigue syndrome. This would be consistent with the same metabolic effects that are seen in humans and other animals. Though bees are morphologically different, they still rely on similiar mechanisms to maintain homeostasis of body temperature and have been doing this for millions of years.
Many of the bees have been sucessfully managed by indivduals who have dedicated themselves to and are familiar with the requirements of bees under much harsher enviornmental conditions than we have experienced in the last several years. though the suggestion of localized enviornmental influences that are man made is highly suggestive the overall pattern of the dropoff is much more suggestive of a larger enviornmental influence which is operating over a much broader range and is uniform in its ability to disrupt their lifestyles. There indeed may be an overlap of both locally applied influences as suggested by you Joanne, but in concert with a more generalized background phenomena. I beleive that the interplay of both phenomena should be considered given the extent of the problem.
As has been suggested and demonstrated by replicated studies in humans that emf produces an immediate effect on life forms and uniformly produces an instantenous disruption in theri energy metabolism, cellular dynamics including reproduction and the assembly of macromolecules. These affects have been shown to be an independent risk factor that far outweighs the effects of pollutants and other noxious stimuli in the enviornment. I assume that bees do not smoke or drink or do drugs. A unifrom drop-off through diverse enviornments would not be solely based on pollutants itself. I strongly suggest that enviornmental influences that are more generalized in nature have to be looked at given the broad range of the problem. To lay the responsibility of this drop off, on some mysterious disease, inept beehandlers or the overuse of novel technologies may mask the actual cause of this phenomena. While your point of view is extremely valuable it may be incomplete in its scope.
Gerald Goldberg, MD