The Secret Weapon That Could Help Save Bees

The Secret Weapon That Could Help Save Bees

Hi, this is Alex, from MinuteEarth. Each spring in California, so many almond
trees put out flowers at the same time that local bees can’t pollinate them all. So, almond farmers pay beekeepers to bring
bees from all over the country at exactly the moment the trees flower. That might seem crazy, but, almonds and other
bee-pollinated crops are worth 17 billion dollars a year, so it’s worth it to farmers,
and to beekeepers, who make more money renting out their bees than selling honey. Unfortunately, when we bring so many bees
together, parasites and diseases easily spread from one bee colony to another. And when bees feed on just one type of crop
at a time, they don’t get all the vitamins and minerals they need. What’s more, the honeybees can get sickened
by the pesticides that keep crops safe from other insects. As a result of all this, since 1960, the number
of commercial bees in the US has fallen by half. And since so many crops require bees for pollination,
and farmers are planting more crops every year to keep up with demand, if bee numbers
continue to drop, it could jeopardize our future food supply. But we’re learning how to help bees. Beekeepers and farmers are working together
to reduce bees’ exposure to pesticides. Non-profits and bee lovers are planting more
wildflowers across the landscape, so commercial and wild bees have a more diverse diet. And universities are breeding parasite- and
disease-resistant bees. And we can also help bees fight parasites
with a chemical weapon they already have in their own arsenal – propolis. Honeybees in the wild smear this substance
inside their nests, which sanitizes them and keeps intruders out. To make propolis, bees visit trees and collect
resins rich in flavonoids and aromatic acids, which are toxic to many organisms. Then they mix the resins with wax, making
a sticky antibiotic glue. Bees in commercial hives also make propolis,
but they only use it to seal gaps, and don’t smear it on the inside walls, probably because
the walls are smoother than the inside of a tree. In these hives, bee larvae often get sick. But, if you build a hive out of rough, unfinished
lumber or attach plastic pieces filled with holes to the walls, bees spread way more propolis
and their larvae suffer way fewer infections. So beekeepers are starting to rough up their
own beehives to encourage their bees to spread propolis. This helps the bees stay healthy, and keep
pollinating crops and making honey. That is a sweet solution. This video was sponsored by the University
of Minnesota, where students, faculty and staff across all fields of study are working
to solve the Grand Challenges facing society. One of these challenges is to ensure we can
feed the world sustainably, and part of the solution is to foster ecosystem resilience. In the Department of Entomology, Professor
Marla Spivak and researchers in the Bee Lab are working to promote the conservation, health,
and diversity of the bees that pollinate our crops, whether they’re wild or commercial. The Bee Lab has even bred a line of disease-resistant
honey bees. Thanks, University of Minnesota!

Comments (100)


  2. Oh NO bees My favorite insect

  3. I will search the world for whatever can save bees

  4. the fucking bees dont need help

  5. I like bees and spiders

  6. There's 1999 other bee species

  7. Who else noticed that one of the wood has a face

  8. I think the glue thing is the wax

  9. its flowers stupid

  10. Lair my name is alex!

  11. Human extinction? I think that works.

  12. 2:13 Did you really think you could hide plank from Ed, Edd and Dddy? You fool. Anyone born from the 1990’s up will see that.

  13. I’m not a biologist but the western honeybee (the one for sweet honey) is killing off the other 19,999 other bees and other pollinater species worldwide if we gave up honey and abandon commercial bees we could save hundreds of thousands of insects as the western honeybee would probably die out like Mother Nature said so don’t be afraid of the food the honeybee only polinates 10% of all crops. Other species polinate 50% and pollinators not from the apis liniage pollinate about ~40% sooo Trash The Bee Industry

    Edit : Cool fact only 5% of bees can harm you!

  14. The honey bee is not native to America

  15. Our future could bee saved

  16. No, I’m terrified of bees and wasps; why?

  17. It's all about the hive.. babah 😂

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  19. “That is a sweet solution”
    Me: now I want honey and toast XD

  20. 2:04 Hiya Plank!

  21. secret weapon crafted by bees

  22. Hey it's Plank from Ed, Edd n Eddy

  23. I love bees, but I would like to stay a safe distance away from them

  24. 2:03 Is that an ed edd and eddy reference?

  25. I really want to BEEcome a Beekeeper


  27. 1like= if you saw guava juice bord

  28. Ima take a honey

    ( 🍯

  29. 2:09 plank is one of the planks in the bee house

  30. The honey bees should not be here at all someone in 1600s brought them here in America and before that our plants were thriving in the invierment so these bees should buzz off (this is a true fact).

  31. So Bees are….sadistic?

  32. These is B>S. What about chemtrails and HARP? The US army don't kill the bees ? Watch youtube.Why in Cuba the bees could survive -No help from universities and humans?

  33. It's nice to see they're figuring out how to make bees healthier.

  34. I don’t think they are important cause the spread a poison which kills other pollinators also they can’t from Europe settelters and the land which is the us now was Beautiful without honey bees so if there are other pollinators out there so they go exstinct we might be ok idk That just my opinion. Ps the comment is big

  35. This is bee 🐝

  36. Extremly good ideea.

  37. so the solution is to destroy bee hives?

  38. when i started this i knew it was honey

  39. I want to help the bees! But my garden receives no sunlight so can't plant flowers 😕

  40. 2:08 😹😹😹😹😹 IT’S THE GUAVA JUICE WOOD PIECE!!!😹😹😹😹😹

  41. Then will bees be safe now? 😃

  42. My mom dos not use bad stuff that is why there is a lot of bee in awe yard

  43. Think of green house gases 🐝

  44. I'm scared of bees

  45. 👐👏👐👏☝👏🙌👏🙌🙌👏👏


  47. 👍👍👍👍👍👍

  48. 20:05 plank is that you?

  49. Help the bees help the bees help the bees!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. We all know the answer is fortnite

  51. So only honeybees the only Bee that kills other bees besides wasps so should we really be helping on Them honestly be open on the other types and yet there are over 20,000 different type that would do you much better


    They steal nectar for and make honey put they do that so other pollinators cannot pollinate.

  53. Don't Care, Honey Bees Are An Invasive Species

  54. I've been roughing up the interior walls of my beehives.

  55. According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway because bees don't care what humans think is impossible.

  56. A sweet and small solution!

  57. Bees in my school!

  58. Only problem. European bees, commercial bees, are an invasive species. They kinda kill a lot of wild bees. Why don't we just use wild bees in America and just have huny imported? Like you said it's not like huny makes a lot of money for the bee keepers.

  59. How you say Propolis: Pro-bo-lis

  60. Make a change by stopping Chemtrails spraying us all, that way Bees won´t die, Trees won´t die, People won´t get illnesses that doctors can´t heal…


  62. 2:05 !!!😳😲 PLANK !!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? 😭😭😂😂😂😍💖😍💖😍💖 ughhhhhhh! Everything is so good right now . Education and nostalgia 👏👏👏 thank you!

  63. I got scared but now I'm not thankyou

  64. Dont get rid of bees
    Get rid of mosquitos

  65. Did you refer to guava juice

  66. why is this a youtube add?

  67. i didn’t want this

  68. this was some faggot commercial

  69. i hope someone sees this

  70. It appears that we might be fucked if the government doesn’t help.

  71. Honeybees are invasive species for europe

  72. This rlly makes me happy

  73. Good pun at the end, kid.

  74. We need to bee-p them safe

  75. i live in califorina and its great with bees! the cute and i like to name them!

  76. lets save those bees

  77. i concur, had a severe hand infection, put some home made propolis on the infection, went to sleep and woke up as if i never had an infection to begin with.


  79. Put proplis as a cure i may help cancer

  80. When i grow up i want to bee a beekeeper

  81. aren't honey bees bad and invasive to native bees of america like sweat bees and bumble bees?

  82. I love this channel!

  83. The diversity sure plays a big role, my professor always thought us about how important it's to keep the diversity and how it makes it more efficient for us. No need for synthesic chemical role when there is diversity, it's just how we make use of it so it get efficient for us

  84. For people who like jazz.

  85. This is Like bee swarm simulator on roblox

  86. most science channels are either clickbaited and unoriginal or little effort. but this channel isnt

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