Gregory T. Russian wrote:That's where we all should (re)start - the proper environment.
Once the bee is given back the proper environment it should have, the bee itself will take care of the most other issues (outside of artificial toxic poisoning by humans, obviously).
Joshua Parke wrote:Yes, bees are well known to collect moisture where the opportunity arises. But the talk is about how fungi play an important role to the health of bees. Listen from 12:20 to roughly 15 minutes. The whole talk is worth listening to, it's pretty good. I think the evidence is from the studies done, not observation. Fungi have medicinal benefits that translate across multiple species.
Joshua Parke wrote:........If they are adapting to the native flora so quickly then they would adapt to the various exudates and fungi, as quickly....I would think.?
Joshua Parke wrote:From the talk he mentions that the bees are getting something they can only get from fungi. Without the fungi there are genes turned off in the bee. And without the genes turned on, the detoxification pathways of the bee are turned off, then they begin to hyperaccumulate chemicals from the environment.
The key point I learned from the talk is that fungi play an important role to bees. I don't think it's the specific species of fungi native to one area that is important. At some point the Apis genus began using beneficial fungi to have evolved to where they are now, having genes switched on by fungi.
If they are adapting to the native flora so quickly then they would adapt to the various exudates and fungi, as quickly....I would think.?
Michael Cox wrote:and not supported by evidence.