Red Light “antibiotic” for bees

 

Pink peony close up

Find the bee. how much does human survival depend on bees?

Bees, globally, have suffered serious numbers reduction from a range of diseases and this has potentially dramatic effects on pollination and food production.  Enter City, University of London with red light at 670nm shining on diseased bees and claiming “significantly reduced bee death rates and improved cell energy levels, mobility and visual function in animals exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides such as Imidacloprid which are widely used in agriculture worldwide,”

In this case, we have the LED’s which will provide the wavelengths and the control systems to actually apply the technology in hives with low energy input. What food production now has which heralds a new era, is new technologies.  The last century put in tractors and diesel power.  This century will put in a whole new range of technologies; electronics, genetics, gene editing, more efficient photosynthesis, new forms of disease control, new energy sources. Let’s hope it is not too late.