A spider venom-based pesticide could protect bee populations

A natural pesticide, synthesized from the spider venom, could be an alternative to industrial chemical treatments, which could be the cause of the decrease in bee populations in many countries.

Bee populations They are in clear decline due to the massive use of pesticides. A fact that threatens global agriculture and the balance of the planet's biodiversity. Since 2007 the mortality rate of bees has been 30% per year.

The new compound protects plants from undesirable pests without harming bees, the compound contains australian spider toxins and of a snow daffodil protein.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B magazine published the results of the investigations that have very satisfactory results and hopeful, especially because of the positive impact that the pesticide can have on bees.