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We know that in the realms of biology, the fungi is one apart. One that is like a great universe to discover, understand, admire. One of her fiercest lovers, mycologist Paul Stamets, in 2006 surprised the world of biotechnology with his studies of a fungus that could be the best pesticide of all time, and a natural one.
This fungus is so effective that it could compete with large biotech companies characterized by unethical practices such as Monsanto. This same researcher has found with the support of the National Institutes of Health in the United States that some fungi are capable of highly strengthening the immune system of bees.
As a good mycologist, in his own garden, Paul Stamets grew different types of fungi and began to observe how bees ate mycelium, the fungi that grow on the roots and trunks of trees. This caught his attention and he began to study the effect of some fungi on bees. He found that these can improve the immune system and disinhibit the toxic effects that some pesticides generate on bees, which are believed to be responsible for the collapse of bees.
Together with the etomologist Steve Sheppard they are now doing studies on how the effects of fungi can be used in increasing the population of bees, without which, by the way, we would do without food. They are now testing different mushroom extracts provided by Fungi Perfecti.
One fungus that is especially proving its positive effects on the immune system of bees is Metarhizium anisopliae. This could be one of the best allies to avoid the extinction of the essential bees.