“WE ARE STUDYING MYCOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS TO INCREASE LONGEVITY, REDUCE MITE AND VIRAL BURDEN, AND IMPROVE IMMUNITY OF HONEY BEES” -PAUL STAMETS, HOST DEFENSE
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Bees need our help! In 2015, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) rates increased 6% to affect 41% of managed bee colonies nationwide. Some scientists estimate that all managed bee colonies could face total decimation by CCD within five years.
In 2014, Paul Stamets (leading mycologist, visionary and TED Talk presenter), Steve Sheppard (chair of Department of Entomology, Washington State University) and the Washington State Beekeepers Association teamed up in a research initiative called BeeFriendly™ to help reverse devastating declines in the global bee population that are critically threatening the world’s food security. Host Defense extracts, especially Reishi and Chaga, showed substantial benefit to honeybees, including extended longevity and reduction of their viral burden by more than 75%.
“Our research goal is to help solve Colony Collapse Disorder, and the results look promising! With regard to the Host Defense Chaga and Reishi extracts,” Sheppard says, “as an entomologist with 39 years of experience studying bees, I am unaware of any reports of materials that extend the life of worker bees more than this.”