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Honeybee vaccine: American Foulbrood!!!
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:51:08 pm »
Instead of a link, I copied and paste the article for you, source from FOX News.
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Scientists create edible honey bee vaccine to protect them from deadly diseases
The first-ever vaccine for insects now exists, thanks to scientists at the University of Helsinki in Finland hoping to save one of the most crucial pollinators in the world: the honey bee.
The vaccine, which is edible, "protects bees from diseases while protecting global food production," the university said in a news release. The goal, researchers said, is to protect the bees against American foulbrood, "a bacterial disease caused by the spore-forming Paenibacillus larvae ssp. Larvae."
The disease is the "most widespread and destructive of the bee brood diseases," the university added.
HONEYBEES, IN DECLINE FOR DECADES, FINDING NEW HOMES IN UNUSUAL PLACES
Bloomberg reported the disease can kill "entire colonies" while its "spores can remain viable for more than 50 years."
To distribute the vaccine, scientists place a sugar patty in the hive, which the queen then eats over the course of about a week. Once ingested, the pathogens in the patty are then passed into the queen's eggs, "where they work as inducers for future immune responses," the university explained in the statement.
The vaccine ? which is not yet sold commercially, according to Bloomberg ? is also significant because it was once not thought possible to develop a vaccine for insects, as these creatures' immune systems do not contain antibodies.
"Now we've discovered the mechanism to show that you can actually vaccinate them. You can transfer a signal from one generation to another," Dalial Freitak, a University of Helsinki scientist who worked to create the vaccine, said in a statement.
Honey bees are important to the U.S. crop production, contributing an estimated $20 billion to its value, according to the American Beekeeping Foundation. The species pollinate a variety of crops, including apples, melons, blueberries and cherries ? the latter two are "90 percent dependent on honey bee pollination," according to the foundation.
"One crop, almonds, depends entirely on the honey bee for pollination at bloom time," the American Beekeeping Foundation added.
The honey bee population in North America has been affected by Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) disease, mites and possibly the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, according to the Harvard University Library.
TENNESSEE 'BEE WHISPERER' REMOVES 35,000 HONEY BEES FROM BRICK WALL
On average, beekeepers in the U.S. lost an estimated 40 percent of their managed honey bee colonies from April 2017 to April 2018, according to Bee Informed, a nationwide collaboration of research efforts to better understand the decline of honeybees.
"We need to help honey bees, absolutely. Even improving their life a little would have a big effect on the global scale. Of course, the honeybees have many other problems as well: pesticides, habitat loss and so on, but diseases come hand in hand with these life-quality problems," Freitak said.
"If we can help honey bees to be healthier and if we can save even a small part of the bee population with this invention, I think we have done our good deed and saved the world a little bit," Freitak added.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @ MaddieFarberUDK.
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Re: Honeybee vaccine: American Foulbrood!!!
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 06:08:35 pm »
I'd like to see a peer-reviewed article on this.  Unlike some, I won't say if it's on Fox news it must be fake, but I'd rather trust a scientific publication.  One bad sign is the statement that the queen eats the sugar with the vaccine in it. 
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Re: Honeybee vaccine: American Foulbrood!!!
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 09:53:48 pm »
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-vaccine-to-shield-threatened-honeybees-from-disease/

The newly discovered process linked above.  Peer review takes about 6 months.
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Re: Honeybee vaccine: American Foulbrood!!!
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2018, 02:50:10 am »
I like to see when will it be available to the general beekeepers?

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Re: Honeybee vaccine: American Foulbrood!!!
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2018, 08:05:55 am »
The Scientific American article is reprinted from a 2015 Chemistry World article.

It would be interesting to know what developments have happened over the past 3 years.
How reproducible are the Finnish results?  . . . . and of course . . . . when can I get some?
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Re: Honeybee vaccine: American Foulbrood!!!
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2018, 09:26:35 am »
Mr Stinger, you are a scientist. I don't know if this is in your direct line of expertise but I will ask you, what are your thoughts on this matter?
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Re: Honeybee vaccine: American Foulbrood!!!
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2018, 01:23:56 pm »
Mr. Ben, Insects do not produce antibodies, the insect immune system is totally different from what I studied.  So I have zero knowledge of insects ability to cope with pathogens.

I do know the American Foul brood vaccine was passed trans ovarian, from queen egg to workers, thus the workers developed immunity, but the mechanism escapes me.
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Re: Honeybee vaccine: American Foulbrood!!!
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2018, 04:35:29 pm »
I'm the same about Q going up to eat.  And if i can ask a pondering question . If nurse bees are feeding Q, the meds. The hive couldn't have any other food source?

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Re: Honeybee vaccine: American Foulbrood!!!
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2018, 08:02:03 pm »
I'm the same about Q going up to eat.  And if i can ask a pondering question . If nurse bees are feeding Q, the meds. The hive couldn't have any other food source?
Sounds about right. Either that or it takes so little of it that by adding a feeder with it she will eventually get enough to do the trick.
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Re: Honeybee vaccine: American Foulbrood!!!
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2018, 08:03:42 pm »
I'm the same about Q going up to eat.  And if i can ask a pondering question . If nurse bees are feeding Q, the meds. The hive couldn't have any other food source?

I guess you have to put the sugar on during a dearth???  Good point, Mikey
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