I recently attended a beekeeping conference where Dr Pettis stated that N.ceranae has been found in US bee samples as far back as 1985 and recently read in the November ABJ that the Israelis have developed what amounts to a vaccination (Remebee) for IAPV, a virus frequently associated with CCD. The same technology is potentially applicable for other bee viruses.
This makes me wonder out loud...perhaps if we can cure viral infections in our bees and N. ceranae is really nothing that new, perhaps we have seen or will soon see the end of CCD? With viruses, mites and Nosema fully in check, maybe the "sub lethal" negative impacts of neo-nics and other pesticides will be better tolerated by our bees if proper nutrition is provided?
Who's ready to bet the farm?