Published on Wednesday 22 December 2010 at 9:30am
Scientists may be able to halt global honey bee losses by forcing the deadly Varroa mite, lethal in the freezing weather, to self destruct.
The blood-sucking Varroa is the biggest killer of honey bees world-wide, having developed resistance to beekeepers’ medication. It is particularly destructive in winter as depleted colonies do not have enough bees huddling together to keep warm.
See more at this DEFRA link. http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/news/2010/12/22/bee-scientists/