Viruses – What are they and what impact do they have on bees and human life?
Discusses how viruses were first discovered in plants (Tobacco Mosaic virus) long before they could be visualised. Early days of discovering infective organisms and using microscopes. Mentions Robert Hooke, Van Leeuwenhoek and Pasteur. How viruses such as smallpox, polio, yellow fever, foot and mouth, flu and now Corona SARS 2 have impacted the history of the world. Are viruses really alive and how do they get into cells? The impact of viruses on honey bees, including DWV and CBPV. Is there any treatment for viruses and if not why not?