Honeybees

 

 

Can mushrooms save the honey bee?

 

Varroa mites have devastated U.S. beehives since the late 1980s, when they arrived here from Asia. As recently as this year, beekeepers reported losing half of their hives to mite infestations. That's why entemologist Steve Sheppard, who has studied the problem for many years, is trying a new approach: He partnered with local mushroom expert Paul Stamets to arm the honeybee with an unconventional weapon in its fight against the mite.

 

This story was awarded a Northwest Emmy for health and science coverage. The video was part of a multimedia package, including written versions of the story that appeared on PBS NewsHour and NPR's Salt blog. A version of this story written and edited for radio appeared on NPR's nationally syndicated show Here and Now.

 

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