Beekeeping Dog Helps Protect Bees from Extinction

May 27, 2018 at 10:26 pm

This dog is trained to sniff out the most infectious and deadly bee bacteria on the planet, helping prevent its spread

More than half of bee species in America, and a third of bee species globally, are headed toward extinction.

Understanding bee extinction almost certainly means human extinction, people — and dogs — around the globe are taking action.

The European Union just banned neonicotinoid insecticides, and Bazz, a black labrador in Australia, is helping prevent the spread of the most widespread and destructive bee disease on the planet called American foulbrood.

It’s important to detect American foulbrood early because there is no cure and the infection spreads fast.¬† Infected colonies must be quarantined immediately to keep the disease from spreading.

Unfortunately, it’s not easy to detect. The Paenibacillus-infected larvae are usually only visible under high-magnification microscope, and typically need to be sent to a lab for diagnosis, but thanks to Bazz, that’s not necessary.

He’s been trained to smell the infected larvae and his owner Josh Kennett has even fashioned him his own bee-suit to protect him from stings! Imagine if dogs across the globe could be trained to do his job!

You can listen to a radio interview with Josh Kennett here about his bees and dog.