Why Mushrooms Might Be Able to Save the Honeybee

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While the honeybee population is still struggling with a lot of challenges, there might be some good news on the horizon.

Researchers at Washington State University have been experimenting with feeding honeybees a specific kind of mushroom juice.

Because honeybees have immune systems just like we do, researchers decided to test whether forest mushrooms that have shown to help human immune systems could help honeybees as well.

So far five different varieties of wood-rotting mushrooms have helped weaken viruses and lengthen the lives of the honeybees. It’s a preliminary result, but an encouraging one.

The even better news is that other mushroom varieties have shown to help weaken the varroa mite, which is one of the main things currently plaguing honeybees.

Read more: Could a Mushroom Save the Honeybee? from NPR