Scientists have discovered that hemp extract can help bees survive poisoning by pesticides.
The team from Lublin’s Maria Curie-Skłodowska University are the first in the world to test the longevity of bees who have been exposed to pesticides after receiving hemp extract.
Team leader Professor Aneta Ptaszyńska said: “There are reports that hemp extract protects human nerve cells, we decided to check whether it would be the same in the case of a bee.
“For now, we know that the extract extends the life of bees that have been exposed to pesticides.
“The tested insects lived comparatively as long as those that had never had contact with harmful substances.”
The discovery could be a major breakthrough in bee conservation and not only save bees around the world but also help protect the variety of ecosystems that they contribute to.