No need to get aliens involved, neonics are a much more realistic danger.
I have been trained as scientific researcher, but I don't work as such.
Hence I am free to study topics and write about them without restrictions. :)Scientists in general risk being cut off from grant money if their results go against industry interests.
Furthermore, most scientists are not beekeepers and might not have the understanding and the passion to get to the bottom of this problem.
Here an interesting study from Germany, which tries to prove that maize pollen reduces the lifespan of bees:Evaluation of the nutritive value of maize for honey bees
Nicole Höcherl Reinhold Siede Ingrid Illies Heike Gätschenberger Jürgen Tautz
BEEGroup, Biozentrum Universität Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg, Germany
LLH Bieneninstitut Kirchhain, Erlenstraße 9, D-35274 Kirchhain, Germany
LWG, Fachzentrum Bienen, An der Steige 15, D-97209 Veitshöchheim, Germany
Received 23 September 2011
Received in revised form 1 December 2011
Accepted 2 December 2011
Available online 7 December 2011abstract
In modern managed agro-ecosystems, the supply of adequate food from blooming crops is limited to brief periods. During periods of pollen deficiencies, bees are forced to forage on alternative crops, such as maize. However, pollen of maize is believed to be a minor food source for bees as it is thought to be lacking in proteins and essential amino acids. This study was conducted to verify this assumption. In maize, a strikingly low concentration of histidine was found, but the amount of all other essential amino acids was greater than that of mixed pollen. The performance and the immunocompetence of bees consuming a pure maize pollen diet (A)
was compared to bees feeding on a polyfloral pollen diet (B) and to bees feeding on an artificial substitute of pollen (C). Consumption of diets A and C were linked to a reduction in brood rearing and lifespan.
However, no immunological effects were observed based on two parameters of the humoral immunity.http://www.hobos.de/fileadmin/Publikationen/145_Hoecherl....pdf
Here's the snag:
...No indication if this maize was treated with neonics or not!The poor results on the maize pollen diet might well have come from pesticides rather than from poor nutrition.
Mixed pollen was collected by bees in June 2009 during the off-bloom period of maize using commercial pollen traps. The pollen loads were removed daily in the evening and frozen to 18C. Before the pollen was fed to the bees (colonies and caged bees) the pollen loads were ground and later mixed with honeydew honey (fir tree) to create a paste (ratio 2.5:1, wt/wt). Maize pollen (variety ‘‘Athletico’’ KWS, Einbeck, Germany) was collected by hand,...
Bees tend to compensate for poor amino acid content in pollen simply by eating more of it, and I had my bees taking in lots of untreated maize pollen without any ill effect, they were thriving. This was in the '90s in Austria, my bees foraged on maize in summer while other pollen was in short supply.