Honey is sweet but so is eating. You might never ask yourself, "What connections do mushrooms have with honeybees?" What crazy person would ever ask such a question? How could an insect that flies in the air all day, pollinating the flowers of trees and other plants have any common ground with mushrooms? When have you seen honeybees hanging out with mushrooms? Well someone did, and the resulting discovery could save and preserve our ability on this planet to feed ourselves.
In the summer of 1984, mushroom expert and beekeeper Paul Stametz noticed that bees from his hives were flying back an forth from the pile of woodchips where he was growing his mushrooms to their hives. He looked closer and discovered that the bees were moving the wood chips around, exposing the mycelium that produces the mushrooms. Then they collected the drops of moisture coming from the mycelium and took it back to the hive. Curious.
Meanwhile and about the same time, the conditions were coming together for a viral pandemic that the honeybee's immune system could not handle. These viruses were found to be present in more than 80% of the bees, either dormant and waiting to spread to other bees or actively killing the bee hosts. Honeybee colonies in hives began dying only two years after being established (in perspective, one colony near Atlanta Georgia lived 125 years). By 2018, there was an average loss of 40% of the bee colonies in the United States in one year. About one third of the food we eat depends on the pollination of honeybees. About 80% of the pollination of commercial crops is performed by honeybees. There are also concerns that these viruses are being transferred through flowers to native pollinators like bumblebees, which could affect the health of non-agricultural lands. Post continues in comments.
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