A3IS has a profound protective effect against common bee viruses, hive pathogens and pesticide exposure by a validated upregulation of a bee’s immune system by over 200%.
The total economic value of pollination worldwide has been estimated at €153 billion annually and honeybees are often assumed to provide the majority of these services to agriculture.
More importantly, pollinators contribute immensely to human health and well-being. Insect-pollinated crops make up 2/3 of vital human nutrition and ensure essential worldwide biodiversity. If this sensitive ecosystem service is jeopardized, already existing nutritional deficiencies resulting in serious health consequences will increase dramatically. Biodiversity and food webs will be negatively impacted which can have wide-reaching, unpredictable repercussions for human health.
Over the last decades, significant annual colony losses of up to 50% have been registered, which is recognized as a global environmental crisis. The development of action plans and treatments to combat pollinator loss has been identified as an international priority.
Nektr Technologies is working with the National University of Ireland Maynooth and Penn State University to validate A3IS as a bee health food supplement with compelling results.
NUI Maynooth Results
1. A3IS achieved a 100% survival rate in S. aureus infected G. mellonella.
2. A3IS significantly reduces the pathogen load in B. Terrestris digestive tracts by > 60%.
3. Proteomic analysis established that A3IS upregulates insects’ immune systems by >200%.
G. mellonella larvae were infected with S. aureus pathogens and subsequently treated with PBS (control), 1:50 A3IS or 1:25 A3IS. 100% of larvae survived in the 1:25 A3IS group, the survival rate improved by 60% when compared to the PBS control group
A naturally infected B. Terrestris colony was treated with sucrose (control) or 1:25 A3IS. The pathogen load decreased significantly by >60% in the A3IS group compared to control.
Penn State University Results
4. The survival rate after Deformed Wing Virus Infection was improved by 200% when honeybees were treated with A3IS.
5. The survival rate after pesticide exposure was improved up to 300% when honeybees where treated with A3IS.
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