Hop-Based Pesticide Could Help Fight Colony Collapse Disorder

New Times   By Doug Fairall   October 26, 2015

Bees. Nature's pollinators, honey makers, and wing shakers. They're one of man's greatest resources and one of the oldest insects we have exploited.

But they are constantly under attack by pests, including the Varroa destructor mite: a parasite that infests a honey bee colony and is believed to contribute to colony collapse disorder. There are ways of handling these pests, though they've mostly been synthetic-chemical-based, through physical means, or derived from herbal essential oils.

Now there's another tool in the fight against pests: a hop-based pesticide. Yes, the same ingredient that gives beer its signature bitterness is now being used as a pesticide to help save bees...

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