EPA approves a fungicide distributed *by bees*.

Growing Produce has a story that strikes me as super weird, about the first-ever commercial fungicide designed to be carried onto crops by bees:

The EPA has recently approved Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc.’s (BVT) Clonostachys rosea CR-7 (CR-7) for use as a fungicide on commercial crops. CR-7 is the first registered active ingredient approved by the government agency for application via bees, known as “bee vectoring.”

Sold under the brand name Vectorite with CR-7, the product is labeled for numerous high-value crops, including strawberries, blueberries, and almonds.

As if the little critters weren’t busy enough trying to get away from all the pesticides and herbicides….

[via Mr. Horne]