Summary #1034

Scientists are trying to save bees with special bacteria for bee gut microbiome
  • Researchers from the University of Texas have engineered bacteria that protects bees from inside their tiny bee guts.
  • The bacteria helps bees fight off two major causes of colony collapse - Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.
  • It’s the first time ever that scientists have improved bee health by engineering their microbiome.
  • Further research is needed to confirm these claims, but the team believes this could be scaled up for agricultural use, and that negative side-effects are very unlikely.
  • Honey bees contribute $20 billion yearly to US crop production alone, and they are critical to global food production.


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