Beekeepers spend tons of money and time trying to kill varroa mites. These researchers decided to combat with the EFFECTS of the mites instead.
A team of scientists from Taiwan have found that giving bees exposed to deformed wing virus (dwv) a supplement of a plant compound called sodium butyrate (NaB) can actually help the bees survive and navigate!
“Our findings show that feeding the insects with NaB before virus exposure can counteract the negative impacts of the pathogen,” Wu commented in a press release. “We also found previously that NaB can upregulate some immune response genes in bees, and this can help suppress viral replication and improve bees’ chances at survival.”