Why do 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
Although CCD is not fully understood, it appears to be a destructive
synergism of multiple factors. Pathogen (bacterial & viral)
infection harms bees already challenged by other stress factors:
These stressors of infection,
parasitism, toxins, and immune deficits/depression may initiate CCD.
save the honeybee with mushrooms
Paul Stamets (leading
mycologist, visionary and TED Talk presenter)
Steve Sheppard (chair of
department of entomology, Washington State University)
the Washington State Beekeepers
...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
Last year, 300 sets of bees consumed Host Defense® mushroom extracts
via their feed water. The experiments were designed to measure how
mushroom extract supplementation impacted viral burdens and
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."
Dozens more experiments are underway
including research on whether certain species of myco-pesticide
fungi can eliminate the
parasitic Varroa destructor mites
that decimate beehives around the world.
"We take bees from colonies with
high Varroa mite levels and set up numerous test environments
with fungi. We're finding that the fungi product is killing
mites without harming bees.
It's certainly encouraging." says
"We are studying mycological
to increase longevity,
reduce mite and viral burden,
and improve immunity of honey