The bee, an irreplacable part of human survival. But she is under threat by pesticides, diseases and the stress of performing for a industrialized agriculture.
A beekeeper relocates his bees during the night. In the modern agriculture, bees travel across whole continents to whatever field or orchard needs pollination.
A beekeeper with his beehives in an orchard. The constant change of location is particularly stressful for bees, because they first have to get used to their new surroundings.
A bee hive on a knoll right next to the highway A1. Urban sprawl and monocultures have also been a factor in the decline of the bee population.
But as bee populations in rural areas are declining, they are rising in the cities. There the bees can find a higher concentration and diversity of forage crops.
Bee on approach to their hive in an orchard.
A bee during a virus study at the Swiss Bee Research Center.
Most bee hives are compromised by viruses, mites and weakened immune systems. Yet the root cause of the devastating colony collapse disorder is still not fully understood.