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Vaccine for Honeybees Approved for Use by USDA

Vaccine for Honeybees Approved for Use by USDA

Of course, “experts” will push the “global pollinator crisis” nonetheless.

The last time we checked on the status of America’s honey bees, the “bee-pocalyse” had been called off, and things were looking better as of 2017.

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected hives in North America and Europe declined, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee health survey released Tuesday.

The number of commercial U.S. honeybee colonies rose 3 percent to 2.89 million as of April 1, 2017 compared with a year earlier, the Agriculture Department reported. The number of hives lost to Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon of disappearing bees that has raised concerns among farmers and scientists for a decade, was 84,430 in this year’s first quarter, down 27 percent from a year earlier. Year-over-year losses declined by the same percentage in April through June, the most recent data in the survey.

Now a biotech company in Georgia has received conditional approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the first vaccine for honeybees.

The company, Dalan Animal Health, which is based in Athens, Ga., developed a prophylactic vaccine that protects honeybees from American foulbrood, an aggressive bacterium that can spread quickly from hive to hive. Previous treatments included burning infected colonies and all of the associated equipment, or using antibiotics. Diamond Animal Health, a manufacturer that is collaborating with Dalan, holds the conditional license.

Dalail Freitak, an associate professor in honeybee research at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz in Austria and chief science officer for Dalan, said the vaccine could help change the way scientists approach animal health.

“There are millions of beehives all over the world, and they don’t have a good health care system compared to other animals,” she said. “Now we have the tools to improve their resistance against diseases.”

The vaccine is fed to the worker bees and should be available for use soon.

Unlike traditional vaccines, the honeybee vaccine isn’t injected with a syringe. Instead, it’s mixed into “queen feed,” which the worker bees consume, according to Dalan’s statement. The worker bees incorporate the vaccine into royal jelly, which they feed to the queen bee. Once the queen bee has consumed the vaccine-laden royal jelly, “fragments of the vaccine are deposited in her ovaries,” says Dalan. Then the queen’s larvae will be born with immunity to the disease.

Dalan says that the vaccine will be available for purchase in the United States in 2023.

Of course, “experts” will push the “global pollinator crisis” nonetheless.

The global decline of honeybee populations is a serious issue in our modern world. In the US alone, intensive farming techniques, harmful pesticides, and climate change, among other factors, have led to a 90 percent decline in bee populations since 1962, leading to what’s looking to be a ‘global pollinator crisis’.

That incredible loss not only puts natural ecosystems in a vulnerable position, it also risks a third of the global food supply and the basic nutrition of our own species.

A recent study from Harvard University, published in December of last year, found inadequate pollination is reducing the global yield of fruits, vegetables, and nuts by 3 to 5 percent.

As a result, many people will struggle to access healthy food options, leading to an estimated 427,000 excess deaths from ill health.

Let’s hope the vaccine for the honeybees is both safe and effective and doesn’t drive the creation of more potent mutations.


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gonzotx | January 15, 2023 at 2:08 pm

No climate change did not contribute to the bee disorder

Really got to stop repeating the BS

But gee, what could go wrong with a “vaccine” for bees?

scooterjay | January 15, 2023 at 2:12 pm

Fertilizer shortage combined with no pollenation by bees.

They have us by the gonads, expect unease and clutch your firearms in the upcoming months.

alaskabob | January 15, 2023 at 2:31 pm

Would be interesting to compare the “industrialized” bees versus wild feral bees. I’d go with feral as a proven breed….but…tend to be more aggressive which makes working with them more difficult.

For those interested in bees…. is a great source. I bought one of their hives for Alaska but haven’t set it up yet. Since the design is a Russian version… should do fine.

    gonzotx in reply to alaskabob. | January 15, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    They also kill domestic bees and don’t produce nearly as much honey and you’re right they are extremely aggressive.
    Good luck collecting that honey

      alaskabob in reply to gonzotx. | January 15, 2023 at 4:31 pm

      I am not talking “africanized bees” and all strains have robbers. Less disease with …”local” bees. I’d recommend that you watch the videos from the above web site… It might be more informative than I can briefly note.

    dmacleo in reply to alaskabob. | January 15, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    interesting I may look into doing that this year. thanks

    MattMusson in reply to alaskabob. | January 15, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    Remember that European honeybees are an invasive species. Once they escaped into the wild the occupied nesting holes used by the Carolina Parakeet and the Ivory Billed Woodpecker. Those two species’ numbers crashed and both were soon extinct.

The Gentle Grizzly | January 15, 2023 at 2:50 pm

“The vaccine is fed to the worker bees and should be available for use soon.”

Oh! Gads…! I was wondering how you hold them down to give them the shots.

BierceAmbrose | January 15, 2023 at 3:04 pm

Can’t they just put the bees in lockdown — it worked so well for the primate livestock after all?

persecutor | January 15, 2023 at 3:18 pm

What could possibly go wrong? (Pardon me while I puke)

Fishman | January 15, 2023 at 3:18 pm

Well, as a beekeeper, perhaps they can sell this to the huge beekeepers that send truck loads of bees around the country for pollination. Small beekeers won’t be interested. American foulbrood is very rare. But, you have to destroy and burn your hive if acquired

Gamereg | January 15, 2023 at 5:01 pm

The phrase “mixed into queen feed” strikes me as clumsy wording. It implies that bees have a store of food that they set aside just for the queen, but that’s not quite how it works.

Every bee larva is fed only royal jelly for the first three days of its life (royal jelly is a substance secreted by the workers themselves). Those the workers want to be queens are kept exclusively on royal jelly until they become adults. The rest have pollen and nectar added to their diet after the first three days. Unless I’m mistaken, the pollen and nectar that workers eat to make the royal jelly comes from the same cells that every bee eats from. Hence they will want to inject every food cell in the hive with the vaccine. So this raises two questions:
1. Are they sure this is safe for the workers, let alone the queens?

2. Have they made sure the vaccine will actually survive the conversion into royal jelly? If it doesn’t, the queen larvae won’t be inoculated.


MoeHowardwasright | January 15, 2023 at 5:59 pm

We have all seen how well cross breeding European honey bees with Brazilian bees worked out…Killer Bees. What’s going to happen when this “cure” ends up in the food chain via honey? Will this impact Bears? Humans?

UnCivilServant | January 15, 2023 at 10:23 pm

Instances of Bee Myocardia expected to spike in near future.

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