Can mushrooms help bees survive?

Very often we hear about how bees are very endangered. These are not just ordinary stories about endangered animal species. Bees are something special though. In fact, bees are absolutely crucial to the survival of our planet. Have scientists found a way to help bees?

It has long been known that even everyone the third bite in human nutrition depends on the bees. Without bees most of the fruits and vegetables we eat would completely gone, and some specific foods, such as kafe, would become too expensive. Also, without bee pollinators it would not be possible grazing cattle on pastures. Ceo global food system without bees it would completely disintegrate.

Because of significance which bees have for humanity, scientists are intensively working to find potential solutions that will help survival of the bee population. One such solution is mushrooms. Namely, mushrooms can be one of key organisms which will help the survival of the bees.

Why do bees disappear?

After years of research, experts are still not completely sure because bees disappear. Pesticides, which are intensively used in agriculture, represent one of the greatest threats to bee extinction. In addition to pesticides, there are many other factors. Also, scientists are increasingly studying the so-called defominated wing virus which causes interference at proper flight of bees, which is also very dangerous for the survival of the species. Numerous scientific studies conducted in recent years have resulted in a potential solution to this big problem in the world of beekeeping.

Fungus extracts can destroy deformed wing virus - © Agromedia

The substances in mushrooms can help bees

Mushroom extracts can be a key solution for destruction of this destructive virus in bees. Data published in the study in a well-known scientific journal indicate that bees have been observed on mushroom mycelium, which tells us that mushrooms from mushrooms can get medical ili nutritional value.

Namely, it is known that mushrooms produce a wide a range of chemicals with antimycotic activity. In this case, the most important are compounds that can be active and act against bacteria, other fungi and viruses.

Because of these assumptions, the researchers conducted research on red reishi mushrooms which are known as a cure for various diseases. The results of the research showed that contact of bees with mushrooms affects reducing the prevalence of deformed wing virus among the hives. The more bees included in the study, the better the results, which led to the conclusion that fungi have antiviral properties.

Experts believe that this is strong big step in resolving this widespread disease in bees, and that further research will contribute to the complete suppression of the deformed wing virus.

Every third bite in our diet depends on bees - © Pixabay

Why do bees get deformed wing virus?

Although there is a different belief, bees naturally they do not have the strongest immune system. In fact, compared to other insects, the individual immune system is bees quite weak. However, collectively, as company in the hive, bees really are strong and resistant.

To fight bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microscopic attackers, bees use amazing propolis.

Still strong immunity of the bee colony not strong enough to meet modern challenges. Exactly such a challenge is mentioned pesticides, parasitic invasions, also habitat loss due to conventional monoculture agriculture.

Although research with fungi gives hope that the problem of deformed wing virus will soon be eradicated, we can actually do much more for bees ourselves. Let’s start with, for example, growing spices which can help bees, clean gardens without excessive use of pesticides, or from organic honey production.

Since we all depend on bees, we must all support them.


Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.

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