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Bees Have a New, Lifesaving 'Vaccine' to Make Them Immune to Pesti-Side Effects

• By Andy Corbley

James Webb did more than talk though, he invented one—a pollen-sized microparticle containing a compound that neutralized one of the most commonly used and toxic pesticide bees encounter. Once fed to bees, they demonstrated hugely increased survival rates after being exposed to the pesticide compound malathion.

Beemunnity is a marketable supplement/vaccine for beekeepers that was demonstrated in a study—published in Nature journal—to prevent 100% of bee deaths from malathion (whereas the survival rate of bees exposed to malathion in the control group was 0%).

The enzyme it contains enters the digestive system and breaks down the malathion before it reaches the bee's brain.