Natural products may be buzzworthy solutions for honey bees’ health

Read the full story from the Agricultural Research Service.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers from the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, and collaborators found some natural products’ medicinal properties reduced virus levels and improved gut health in honey bees.

Among the study’s results, which were recently published in Applied Sciencesresearchers found a significant reduction in virus levels in bees fed raw cacao and hesperidin, a plant chemical commonly found in citrus fruits and other fruits and vegetables.

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