Important research conducted by Professor Glen Jeffery and his team at the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London may help reduce the threat of extinction of the honeybee population.
Light Therapy May Help Reduce Global Bee Decline. Credit: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
PR-Inside.com: 2016-05-24 21:47:11
The honeybee population has been dwindling in the past ten years, posing a threat to human survival due to the significant role that the bees play in aiding in the production of fruit and vegetables. Albert Einstein once said, “Mankind will not survive the honeybees’ disappearance for more than five years.”
Important research conducted by Professor Glen Jeffery and his team at the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London may help reduce the threat of extinction of the honeybee population. In an article “Can Light Benefit Health,”published today in Novus Light Technologies Today, senior editor, Dave Wilson provides insight into Dr. Jeffery’s work. Professor Jeffery believes that his research could be of great importance in helping ameliorate the global decline in bee populations due to the widespread deployment of neonicotinoid pesticides such as Imidacloprid.
“These chemicals are undermining mitochondrial function, resulting in depleted ATP production. As their ability to produce ATP is depleted, the insects become immobile and starve,” Wilson explains.
To show how exposure to light might expend their lifespan, Professor Jeffery examined the survival rate of different set of bees, some which had been exposed to Imidacloprid insecticide, while others to both the insecticide and doses of 670nm light.
“The results of the experiment showed that the group of bees exposed to just the insecticide had a significantly shorter lifespan than those that were not. However, those bees exposed to the insecticide and the near infra red light showed a marked increase in lifespan. Indeed, the 670nm light had effectively lengthened the lifespan of the bees treated with insecticide to that of their cousins in a natural insecticide free environment similar to that found in flies,” said Professor Jeffery.
To date, many of Professor Jeffery’s experiments examining the effect of light have been carried out on animals. “But since ATP is produced by the mitochondria in human beings in exactly the same way, the impact of his research could have far reaching consequences on human health as well,” Wilson noted.
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