Dwindling honeybee colonies will soon enjoy nutrient-rich feeders with new mycotechnology.
The honeybee can really use a little leg up.
Since 2006 and the first discovery of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in North America, honeybee losses have continued to reach alarming rates, suffering on average 30% annual hive losses across the U.S.
That steady loss has raised concerns about global food security and the potential deficits of crop pollination for future years. The threat is acute, as without honeybees doing the essential and tedious work of pollinating trees and vegetables, crops worldwide are at risk of woeful underproduction — or worse, collapse of ecosystems.
Because one single bee can pollinate 1,000 flowers a day, honeybees play a vital role in the planet’s health and equilibrium. In China, the threat is so urgent that farmers have resorted to using paintbrushes to hand pollinate apple and cherry trees, filling in the gaps for ailing bees.
- THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.