We have tested extracts from adaptogenic plants with a view to combating nosemosis – a dangerous bee disease. Not only did these substances prove non-toxic, but they also showed high therapeutic levels in honeybees’ infections with Nosema spp. They were effective in improving bees’ immunity, which manifested in the increase in the phenol oxidase activity. The increase in the phenol oxidase activity immediately following administering the extracts proves the immune system has been activated, owing to which the insects more easily fight their infections.

Patent application No. P.415155. Aneta A. Ptaszyńska, Grzegorz Borsuk, Daniel Załuski, Małgorzata Cytryńska, Wiesław Mułenko, Agnieszka Zdybicka-Barabas, 2015. Plant preparations to be applied in treating nosemosis in bees and to improve their immune systems.

  • 1st April 2018 – silver medal awarded at the 70th “Ideas, Inventions, New Products” international fair in Nuremberg for  the patent application No. P.415155.

Bee-dedicated probiotics have beneficial effects on bees’ health both prophylactically and therapeutically. Lactobacillus kunkeii bacteria deserve special attention as probiotic organisms because they restore their host’s natural and appropriately functioning complex of gut microorganisms –  their so called microbiome. They achieve this through competing with pathogenic microorganisms for nutrients and attachment sites, easing and preventing gut disorders triggered by pathogens. This is because probiotics synthetize lactic acid, acetic acid, H2O2 as well as bacteriocin-like compounds, and finally synthetize a number of enzymes affecting food digestibility and thus modulate their hosts’ immunological reaction.

Patent application No. P.423363. Aneta A. Ptaszyńska, Wanda Małek, Grzegorz Borsuk, Mirosław Grzęda, Magdalena Wicha, Artur Pachla, 2017. Bacteria strains from the Lactobacillus and Fructobacillus  genera that have been isolated from honeybees’ gut in order to be applied in treating and preventing bee diseases, as well as probiotic preparations based on such bacteria strains.

  • 17th-19th May 2018 – gold medal awarded by the international EURO INVENT jury at the Euroinventw European Creativity and Inventiveness Fair in Iasi, Romania for the patent application No. P.423363.
  • 17th-19th May 2018 – gold  medal awarded by the World Invention Intellectual Property Association (WIIPA) at the Euroinventw European Creativity and Inventiveness Fair in Iasi, Romania for the patent application No. P.423363.
  • 27th April-08th May 2018 – EIFFEL international prize awarded by the French Inventors’ Federation at the 117th CONCOURS LÉPINE International Inventiveness Fair in 2018 in Paris for the patent application No. P.423363.