Summary of Invasion of the ‘Frankenbees’

Looking for the article?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 5 minutes.

Invasion of the ‘Frankenbees’ summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans




  • Innovative
  • Scientific
  • Hot Topic


Clothianidin is a pesticide 10,000 times more potent than DDT. In 2008, clothianidin devastated bee populations in Germany when farmers employed it to combat insect infestations in corn. A cocktail of pesticides and other modern threats work together to confuse honeybees, arresting their superb sense of direction, sterilizing the males and disrupting the queen’s reproductive capacity. The result is known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). It’s clear that the world’s bees are in danger. It’s not as clear what to do to save them and the important pollination work they do each year.

About the Author

Bernhard Warner is a writer based in Rome. His writing has appeared in Bloomberg Business, Wired and The Guardian.



In 2014, evolutionary geneticist Martin Beye’s team used gene-editing techniques to successfully produce a genetically modified queen bee. If it were up to a growing number of beekeepers, however, scientists wouldn’t be tampering with bee DNA in the first place. Beekeepers argue that honeybees are a public good. They fear that corporations will use Beye’s 2014 paper as a roadmap to genetically modify, patent and privatize their own bees in a strategy similar to what “Big Ag” – or the agriculture industry – has done with seeds and pesticides. First, they...

More on this topic

How Centuries of Black Strength Created a Blueprint for Economic Recovery
How Legal Weed Destroyed a Counterculture Icon
The Staggering Value of Forests – and How to Save Them
Welcome to Pleistocene Park
The Sickness in Our Food Supply
The European Green Deal

Related Channels

Comment on this summary