mushroom for improvement
To save the honey bee, researchers are turning to mushrooms.
There are a number of suspects, but one contributor to the decline is varroa mites — nasty parasites that suck bees’ blood, attack larvae, and spread disease, decimating hives.
Researchers at Washington State University have been fighting back by treating hives with mushroom spores and extracts that are toxic to varroa mites. As a bonus, the mushroom’s antiviral properties keep bees healthy and living longer.
Watch this video by Louie Schwartzberg for bioGraphic, an online magazine about nature and sustainability, to learn more: