Keren “Keren” Zarembe, the mother of the honey bee, has had her life turned upside down by a new and potentially devastating disease.
In the spring of 2020, Dr. Zaremberg, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her husband, Dr Zareb, were on their honeymoon when a bee nest fell from the sky, killing their three-year-old son.
The Zarebmbe’s first reaction was to leave the nest and go to the doctor’s office.
The bees had killed their son, who was a year old, and the bees had poisoned the Zaremmbs’ honey, killing the baby as well.
The family, including their four-year old son, spent weeks in intensive care in the hospital.
They lost both of their eyes, as well as a tooth, which Dr Zarenb’s doctor had removed from his mouth during the incident.
“I didn’t even want to see my son,” she said.
“We didn’t want to leave him in the hands of the bees.”
The Zerebmbs’ nightmare was just beginning.
The next day, Dr Jens Reitman, the beekeeper in charge of honey bee research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told the Zerebmbes that they should take drastic measures to protect their brood.
As a precaution, they should bury the bees under a tree and close the hive doors.
But Dr ZAREmba’s research suggested that this was not enough.
“This was a new species, and we knew that honey bees were not a threat to people,” she explained.
“What we were really thinking was, let’s put a trap in the hive to capture the queen.”
Dr. Jens suggested they put up a “laboratory” in the middle of the forest, where a honeybee could live out her life without having to worry about predators, such as humans.
“You have to have some kind of a barrier that will deter these bees,” Dr Zerenbe said.
But the next morning, the Zarelmbes were still in intensive treatment.
“Our family has a lot of stress in this situation,” Dr. Gert Broussard, a veterinarian in the United Kingdom, told Al Jazeera.
“She was very nervous, she didn’t know what to do.
She didn’t have a way of saying, ‘OK, we’re going to take the next step,'” said Dr BrouSSard.
“The next day they had a very clear understanding that they were going to die.”
Dr Zarelbb’s research, conducted over a decade, showed that the bee queen was not the only thing the queen needed to survive.
“When the queen dies, all the workers become part of the population,” Dr Büssard explained.
By removing the queen’s eggs, the queen could begin to create a colony of other species.
This process would take two to three weeks.
But that wasn’t enough.
Dr Zaria Büttner, a beekeeper who had been involved in Dr Zarremba and her research for decades, believed that the queen was the key to keeping bees alive.
“Her ability to produce eggs is important,” Dr Rolf Bütner, the senior author of the study, told ABC News.
“If we can kill her, she won’t be able to reproduce.”
But this did not stop the Zarenbs from taking the bee-killing idea and applying it to their own family.
They hatched a hive in the backyard, and they began feeding their young honey bees from their eggs.
By the time Dr Zaresb reached the age of five, she had a full brood of four- and five-year olds.
“My first year was quite difficult,” Dr Keren said.
She was not a very strong person, she told ABC news, and she had to put a lot on.
“It was hard to be an adult in a family,” she told Al Jazeer.
“To not have your own children or your own brood would have been very difficult.”
It was only when Dr Zeremba was in her late teens that she began to make strides in her research.
“At that time, I was doing research into the effects of pesticides on honey bees,” she recalled.
“One of my colleagues said, ‘If you don’t start studying pesticides, you can’t understand what you’re studying’.” After studying bees for several years, Dr Buretner found that Dr Zaredb’s work could be applied to human diseases such as malaria and other diseases that were more common in the wild.
The honey bee was one of the only insects that could be tested for pesticides, and Dr BUREtner was able to prove the importance of pesticides in honey bees.
Dr Buren Bureter, an environmental epidemiologist at the Friedrich-Alexander