Question: Which of the following countries’ scientists have developed a vaccine for bees?
- Scientist from Finland have developed what they believe is the world’s first vaccine to protect bees against disease.
- Bees are vital for growing the world’s food as they help to fertilize three out of four crops around the globe, by transferring pollen form male to female flowers.
- In recent years bee populations around the world have been dying off form “colony collapse disorder”, a mysterious scourge blamed on mites, pesticides, virus, fungus, or some combination of these factors.
- UN-led research in 2016 found that more than 40 percent of invertebrate pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, are facing extinction.
- The study also found that 16.5% of vertebrate pollinators, such as birds and bats, are under threat.
- The vaccine, developed by a team at Helsinki University in Finland, works by giving bees resistance to fight off severe microbial diseases that can be total for pollinator communities.