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Bee Disease

Nature volume 101, page 104 (11 April 1918) | Download Citation



THE object of the article on bee disease which appeared in NATURE of March 21 was to emphasise the fact that, though bees suffer from many diseases, the macroscopic symptoms are practically the same, and to claim that the only acceptable definition of “Isle of Wight disease” is the “disease caused by Nosema apis.” As Mr. Ellis's experience would appear to support this contention, it is to be regretted that he should have received the impression that Nosema, when found, has no causal connection with the disease. The correct deduction would appear to be that, in spite of the guarantee of the professional lecturer on bee-keeping, the bees he examined were not suffering from “Isle of Wight disease.” It would at any rate be interesting to know on what scientific data this guarantee was given. The conclusions in the last sentence of Mr. Ellis's communication are identical with those drawn in my article.

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