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Research Project: Harnessing Fungal Natural Products for Scalable and Sustainable Honey Bee Antiviral Therapeutics

Location: Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research

Project Number: 6050-21000-016-030-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Nov 6, 2023
End Date: Nov 5, 2024

Development of scalable antiviral therapeutics for bees using a curated library of fungi.

Using established tools and methods from the field of natural products research, we will produce extracts of fungal cultures. Using feeding bioassays and virus-challenged honey bees, we will test extracts for their potential as antiviral treatments. Finally, we will scale up the most promising treatment for a proof-of-concept colony-level application via sugar syrup delivery.