Can we save the honeybees with mushrooms?
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Steve Sheppard's bees are getting a healthy dose of mushroom juice.

Steve Sheppard, head of the Department of Entomology at Washington State University, is feeding liquid extracts of forest mushrooms to varroa mite-infected honeybees. Initial findings suggest that five species of the wood-rotting fungi can reduce the honeybees' viruses and increase their lifespans. This ground breaking work is based in part on an idea of Paul Stamets, a Washington State mushroom specialist.

Learn more about bees and pollinators at this year’s FEAST: A Celebration of Mead and Honey, February 11th in the Sensory Building at UC Davis. Our menu includes ‘Shitake Mushroom Soup Shots’.

Feast: A Celebration of Mead and Honey
Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

$150 per person
Purchase a ticket here
The FEAST, the fundraising dinner for the Honey and Pollination Center is collaborating with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden to create a pollinator friendly kitchen garden in the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Good Life Garden. Proceeds from the dinner go to stipends for graduate students, ongoing development of the Master Beekeeper Program, and underwriting the annual Bee Symposium.

Steve Sheppard will also be one of the keynote speakers at the 2017 Bee Symposium on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Paul Stamets and Steve Sheppard, two scientists in Washington state, look to fungi to save the honey bee from colony collapse disorder.
Pictures from 2016 Feast
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