Here’s a link to the story:
There’s at least three things wrong with this story:
- The accompanying image is of a honey bee, not a bumblebee.
- Bumblebees have nests, not hives.
- It’s a dumb idea. For a whole set of reasons, some of which are mentioned by scientists who were interviewed for the story. I’d add another one: these bees will visit a lot of other flowers besides the ones that are being targeted, potentially spreading the bio-control fungus far and wide in the environment. Is that really a good idea?
Two of these things are within the control of New Scientist.
Thanks to my colleague Dr Wanda McCormick for pointing out the story.