World’s First Insect Vaccine Could Help …

In all the years of concern about collapsing bee colonies around the world, I have never once heard about AFB – mentioned or implicated. Don’t think “bee problem solved!” We still need to deal with the pesticide issue.

World’s First Insect Vaccine Could Help Bees Fight Off Deadly Disease 

Bees may soon get an ally in their fight against bacterial disease — one of the most serious threats the pollinators face — in the form of an edible vaccine. That’s the promise held out by researchers in Finland, who say they’ve made the first-ever vaccine for insects, aimed at helping struggling honeybee populations.

The scientists are targeting one of bees’ most deadly enemies: American foulbrood, or AFB, an infectious disease that devastates hives and can spread at a calamitous rate. Often introduced by nurse bees, the disease works by bacteria feeding on larvae — and then generating more spores, to spread further.