Honeybees Self-Medicate with Anti-Fungal Resin | A Sense of the Ridiculous | Scoop.it

"Beekeepers would love to get rid of propolis, a sticky substance made of resins that bees use to line their hives, because it makes it hard to pry hives open. But propolis isn’t just gluing the hive together, according to a new study published in PLoS ONE—honeybees use it to fight off fungal infections and seek it out when their hives are infected.

Bees invest a lot of effort in hunting down the resins that make up propolis, which they forage from plants, just as they do nectar. That means that every minute a bee is looking for resin is a minute it’s not looking for food. The trade-off is worth it, apparently, because propolis kills bacteria and fungi lurking in the colony."

Via Sakis Koukouvis