Breakthrough vaccine can save bees, scientists say.
In a landmark study published in Nature journal Scientific Reports, researchers revealed they’ve discovered the first-ever “vaccine” for bees.
And the vaccine is procured from an unexpected source.
But it is only found in two types of mushrooms – tinder fungus and Red Reishi.
And it is the cobweb-like fungal membranes found in and on soil—from two species.
“Up until this discovery, there were no antivirals reducing viruses in bees,” says Paul Stamets, the lead author on the study.
In an interview with Mother Jones he says:
“Not only is this the first discovery, but these extracts are incredibly potent.”
Bees are under serious attack.
It is called – colony collapse disorder.
And it has wiped out a whopping 30 to 90 per cent of beekeeper’s colonies.
And scientists have been unable to find a cause for the bee colony collapse phenomenon.
Instead they think it is a combination of factors:
Pollution, habitat loss, herbicides, and viruses.
Other scientists believe viruses may be the reason.
For instance there is deformed wing virus,
It causes bees to develop disfigured, nonfunctional wings.
Breakthrough Vaccine Can Save Bees
And until now no treatments have been discovered saving the bees.
Bees are responsible for making a third of our food possible.
From cherries to blueberries to cucumbers to apples and so much more, bees are essential.
Some crops are almost entirely dependent on honeybee pollination for survival.
This includes blueberries, avocados, onions, broccoli, carrots, and cantaloupe.
Almonds are 100 per cent dependent on honeybees.
On a planet where about one-third of all our crops rely on pollinators, losing bees could be disastrous. “A loss of bees is like rivets in an airplane,” says Stamets.
Stamets is the founder Fungi Perfecti.
This is a family owned business working to promote the cultivation of high-quality gourmet and immune-supporting mushrooms.
He worked with researchers from Washington State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the study.
This latest development will be welcome news in Amsterdam.