14 Jul '17, 12pm

How mushrooms might save the honey bee

How mushrooms might save the honey bee

In the fight against one of the honey bee’s nemesis, the varroa mite, scientists have found an ally in a widely-distributed mushroom. Pity the honey bees. Between toxic pesticides, habitat change, disease, and stress, they’ve got the ol’ blood-sucking varroa mite to contend with as well. Is it any wonder that these workhorses of the insect world are struggling? As honey bee (Apis mellifera ) populations around the world are declining thanks to the mysterious phenomenon known as “colony collapse disorder” (CCD) – the cause of which is not exactly known, but assumed to be a combination of the aforementioned conditions – scientists are frantic to help. While the losses have stopped their quick ascent, they persist – the current average rate of 30 percent annual mortality is still nearly double the average rate reported prior to 2006, notes the California Academy of Sciences' ...

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