As the world seems polluted and nature has been disturbed, there is an initiative taken by the U.S to save it. One such is for the Bees where an organic pesticide has been made and permitted by the EPA to save the Bee family. The Pesticide will be delivered by the bees to the flowers in the field to increase pollination.
Besides, the vector named “Clonostachys Rosea CR-7, which is a fungus has been found by Bee Vectoring Technologies in Canada for use on “high value” crops, such as strawberries, blueberries, almonds and sunflowers and expected to be out this season.”
The apiculturists in the U.S have stated that they have been facing downfall by 41% from their honeybee colonies in recent years especially during winter. This is the highest ever loss they have faced. Due to these downfalls “blueberries and cherry trees which are 90% dependent on bees are having a difficult time.Other bee dependent crops are carrots, tomatoes, onions, and broccoli, etc.”
So, bees have been playing a major role in”$15billion foods that are depending on pollination in the U.S. Overall 3 out of 4 crops around the world cater foods are from pollinators.”
The reduction of bees has been associated with harmful pesticides which had affected agriculture lands. The lands are more poisonous to these species than before. So, researchers were alerted to find a fungus a kind of pesticide which is under attack in the mold which resulted in the decreased bumblebees in the country.
Because of this, the EPA was punished by the “environmental justice group Earthjustice as the government organization was found to be using a highly contagious pesticide “Sulfoxaflor.”
Though these bee-friendly pesticides come in action it is feared it won’t be a complete solution to solve it. It’s because farmers tend to use other pesticides to kill insects that eats the crops.
On the contrary, some farmers are very specific when choosing pesticides as it might emit toxins in the fields.
Bee Vectoring Technologies has found this “Clonostachys Rosea CR-7 fungicide which enables crops to protect themselves from diseases in a natural way. The technique which has been developed helps bees fly over a tray dispenser where they adhere to the inoculate powder before coming out of their hives.
So, when these bees fly all over the fields it drops in the plants, therefore, helping the crops to absorb it. This is very much useful to block a disease called botrytis which occurs in strawberries.
Further, the Ceo of BVT Ashish Malik stated that: “Vectorcide will reduce, if not negate, the need for chemical fungicides.” In addition, this process has been tested under tough conditions to make sure that it has no side effects on bees.
Besides, BVT other competitors “Agribusiness tycoon Monsanto has discovered an RNA interface which enables to kill parasites by immobilizing their genes, and other firm EltopiaMiteNot watches closely the activities of the bees and releases a discharge of heat preventing male mites from laying mite eggs on bee larvae.”