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Genetically engineered bacteria to protect Bees from pests and Viruses

Date: 02 February 2020 Tags: Biotechnology
  • Scientists have developed a new strategy to protect honey bees from a deadly trend known as colony collapse through genetically engineered strains of bacteria.
  • The engineered bacteria live in the guts of honey bees and act as biological factories, pumping out medicines protecting the bees against two major causes of colony collapse: Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.
  • The researchers believe their method could one day scale up for agricultural use because the engineered bacteria are easy to grow, inoculating the bees is straightforward and the engineered bacteria are unlikely to spread beyond bees.