- Alison Benjamin The Good Bee: A Celebration Of Bees – And How To Save ThemBinding : Gebundene Ausgabe, Label : O Mara Books Ltd., Publisher : O Mara Books Ltd., medium : Gebundene Ausgabe, numberOfPages : 192, publicationDate : 2019-05-02, authors : Alison Benjamin, Brian McCallum, ISBN : 178929083X
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In the United States, to deal with American foulbrood, which is decimating bees, a start-up has decided to create a new vaccine to save pollinators.
Until now, beekeepers had no choice but to burn everything in the face of American foulbrood, a contagious disease that is decimating millions of bee hives.bees in the world. It is caused by a bacterium that resists cold, heat, drought and remains contagious for more than 40 years in the open air. « The veterinary services are very strict and want to avoid any spread (…) so we immediately burn the equipment, the bees“, indicates Daniel Smith, beekeeper in Maryland (United States).
A vaccine eaten by queens
Faced with this, a start-up from Georgia (USA) had the idea of producing the first vaccine for insects. « We can’t fight the climate crisis if we don’t tackle the decline of our pollinators« , says Annette Kleisei, CEO of « Dalan Animal Health ». The vaccine for bees is mixed with a sweet paste that each colony queen eats. « Any eggs she lays will be immune to disease“, explains Dr. Joerg Mayer, professor of zoological medicine at the University of Georgia.