The article I've linked to below, which has been titled on Facebook as Can Flowers Hear? is just another example of how incredibly complex is the interconnectedness of all living things. And, it is an another example of why my heartbreak continues to deepen every time I see an article about another potential "silver bullet" that will "save the bees." [i.e., chemicals, essential oils, vapors, fungi, mushrooms, breeding for specific traits, et al.]
In my opinion, any single thing we try to do to "fix" the pollinator crisis (by the way, it's actually a global insect crisis), just makes things worse. The earth has her own systems and processes for caring for her creatures that we haven't even begun to understand. (And never will! When will we get over our incredible arrogance and greed and simply trust, and work with, the earth's natural systems?!?) And, I believe, anything we try to do to "improve" those processes just makes matters worse.
For myself, I believe that a honey bee steward must be simultaneously working, with equal passion and vigor, in four arenas. If we're not willing to do this, then I wonder if we aren't actually contributing to the problem rather than contributing to the solution. Here are the four arenas:
1. We have to stop poisoning the earth. Period. This not only includes the poisoning of water, air, and soil, but many other things like noise pollution as the referenced article highlights.
2. We have to increase native habitat for all indigenous wildlife in our region.
3. We have to provide the most natural hive cavity possible for the honey bees we steward; hive cavities with characteristics that the bees themselves would consider ideal.
4. We then have to take our hands off the earth's (and the bees') natural systems and processes and let the bees attain regional adaptation (as ecotypes), and reach symbiosis with the thousands of other organisms that share their hive with them in the wild... including Varroa. [Click the Varroa link to read what Dr. Thomas Seeley has to say about this.]
Here's the article I referred to above: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/12/28/507319?fbclid=IwAR3TlJfq3cGULssCNb3Na7MMvpD2AaJYmWXI5tS5JmYsjNe9R0daJRwuQfE
And here are a couple of other articles I've written along these same lines: