Green thumbs have always known how important bees are in the survival of plants. Because bees are responsible for pollination, the role of these insects in helping flower smell more fragrant and grow bigger and more vibrant is crucial. However, recent studies show that the health and quality of flowers is being threatened by the sharp decline in bee populations worldwide. Scientists also note that how a plant grows is also dependent on the type of insect that’s pollinating it.
Unfortunately, bee numbers around the world are declining in what is dubbed the colony collapse disorder. This drop is, thus, threatening the quality of blooms. Due to various issues such as climate change, parasites, pesticides and other man-made and natural stressors, the drop in the bee population continues to be at an all-time high.
The solution to this problem might be solved by proper nutrition. In 2008, scientist Dr Francesca Del Vecchio found that what the bees ate played a major role in their ability to resist stressors and grow healthily. Observing a colony in Italy that appeared to be resilient to collapse, she developed a formula that will help boost bees’ immune systems. Thus, in 2011 Healthy Bees LLC was born.
The company is responsible for developing and producing BeesVita Plus, a food supplement that contains 38 more antioxidants compared to the food beekeepers currently feed to their colonies. This unique formulation is presented in either patty form or in a water-soluble powder mix. With high amounts of lipids, minerals, amino acids, and other essential nutrients, bees that consume BVP tend to have a stronger immunity. Further research on this product is ongoing in Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, Italy and the US, but it is already available in the market. Healthy Bees is also awaiting the result of patent applications for the product across the world.
“We tried BeesVita Plus and the results were promising in terms of controlling mites. We are very excited to see its potency. I have to admit being surprised with the turnout especially after trying so many others and failing,” commented Dr Dennis van Engelsdrop, president of Bee Informed Partnership.
Besides proper nutrition as the one provided by BVP, scientists recommend growing dandelions and clover to encourage bees to come and pollinate. Also, leaving a corner of leaves and some old wood will entice them to take up shelter in the area. If you must use pesticides, steer clear of neonicotinoids which have been found to be harmful to bee health.
“We can all help the bees come spring time,” notes Simon Potts, a professor from the University of Reading and bee expert. “Towns and cities can still provide a great place for bees to thrive if we grow the right types of types in green space, parks, and even in our gardens.”