The BeeMushroomed™ Citizen Scientist Feeder Patent

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Welcome to the landmark offering of the patent-pending Fungi Perfecti BeeMushroomed™ Citizen Scientist Bee Feeder. We are excited to announce this paradigm shifting technology. We will be launching prototypes of the Bee Feeder throughout 2019. In the Fall of 2019, we plan to launch our Beta field test. In Summer of 2020, we plan to distribute this technology worldwide. Our initial Bee Feeding Labyrinthine Module will allow anyone to help feed bees basic sugar water. With the addition of our proprietary extracts this module can become a powerful point of health for the Bees.

Initial Designs for the patent

Initial Designs for the patent

Initial Designs for the patent

Initial Designs for the patent

The Patent

One embodiment described herein is a bee feeding apparatus comprising: a base unit comprising a receptacle defining an interior and comprising a bottom, a sidewall having a lower end in engagement with the bottom, and an open top; one or more labyrinthine passages from the receptacle interior to an exterior aperture; and a cover member positioned over the open top, that covers the receptacle and labyrinthine passages.

In one aspect, the apparatus further comprisesone or more feeding medium dispensaries affixed within the receptacle interior. In another aspect, the apparatus further comprises one or more feeding medium vessels that interfaces with the cover member and permits fluid communication between feeding medium contained within the feeding medium vessel and the feeding medium dispensary within the base unit.

In another aspect, the one or more labyrinthine passages comprises a bottom, sidewalls having lower ends in engagement with the bottom. In another aspect, the labyrinthine passage comprises at least 1 bend region. 

In another aspect, the labyrinthine passage comprises at least one about 10° to about 90° bend, at least one about 30° to about 90° bend, at least one about 45° to about 90° bend, at least one about 60° to about 90° bend, at least one about 80° to about 90° bend, or at least one about 90° bend. In another aspect, the labyrinthine passage comprises at least one about 90° bend. 

In another aspect, the labyrinthine passage comprises 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 about 90° bends. In another aspect, the labyrinthine passage comprises 5 about 90° bends. In another aspect, the cover member comprises one or more securing mechanisms for affixing the cover member onto the base unit.

In another aspect, the cover member comprises a receptacle andorifice leading from the exterior of the cover member into the feeding station base. In another aspect, the cover member receptacle comprises a means for securing a feeding medium vessel in fluid communication with the interior of the feeding vessel to the feeding medium dispensary within the base unit. In another aspect, the base unit further comprises one or more one-way exit apertures. In another aspect, the base unit or cover member further comprises one or more of batteries, rechargeable batteries, solar panels, wireless internet receiver and transmitters, internal and/or external video cameras, internal and/or external light sources, counter mechanisms, sonic emitting devices, fragrance emitting devices, or a combination thereof.

In another aspect, the feeding medium vessel contains a bee feeding medium. In another aspect, the bee feeding medium comprises water, honey, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, bee candy, nectar, pollen, pollen patties, grease patties, bee bread, propolis, bees wax, protein supplements, or combinations thereof.

In another aspect, the bee feeding medium comprises one or more mushroom mycelium extracts.

In another aspect, the bee feeding medium benefits the bees by treating infections of or reducing the susceptibility to viruses, fungal pathogens, bacterial pathogens, beetles, or mites; reduces viral transmission to plants, increases the ability to spread pollen; increases flight time; increases immunity; increases brood rearing; increases ability to reproduce; increases ability to detoxify harmful anthropogenic substances, or a combination thereof. In another aspect, the bee feeding medium comprises: one or more mushroom mycelium extracts; one or more of water, honey, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, bee candy, nectar, pollen, pollen patties, grease patties, bee bread, propolis, bees wax, protein supplements, or combinations thereof; and an effective amount of one or more preservatives.

In another aspect, the one or more mushroom mycelium extracts comprises about 1% or less by volume of one or more aqueous ethanolic extracts of the mycelium of Ganoderma lucidum Ganoderma resinaceumFomes fomentariusTrametes versicolorFomitopsis officinalisGanoderma applanatumInonotus obliquus, or combinations thereof.

Another embodiment is a bee feeding apparatus comprising: a base unit comprising a receptacle defining an interior and comprising a bottom, a sidewall having a lower end in engagement with the bottom, and an open top; one or more labyrinthine passages from the receptacle interior to an exterior aperture comprising a bottom, sidewalls having lower ends in engagement with the bottom and comprising at least one about 90° bend; one or more feeding medium dispensaries affixed within the receptacle interior; a cover member positioned over the open top, that covers the receptacle and labyrinthine passages; and one or more feeding medium vessels that interfaces with the cover member and permits fluid communication between feeding medium contained within the feeding medium vessel and the feeding medium dispensary within the base unit.

Another embodiment is a method for monetizing bee visits to a labyrinthine bee feeder (LBF) by monitoring and recording bee visits and crediting a cryptocurrency based on such bee visits to the LBF. Another embodiment is a cryptocurrency based on bee visits to a labyrinthine bee feeder (LBF) or the quantity or type of pollen detected.

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