Thursday, 31 July 2008

Fungus Foot Baths Could Save Bees

Varroa on bee pupae. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Warwick)

ScienceDaily (2008-07-28) -- One of the biggest world wide threats to honey bees, the varroa mite, could soon be about to meet its nemesis. Researchers at the University of Warwick are examining naturally occurring fungi that kill the varroa mite. They are also exploring a range of ways to deliver the killer fungus throughout the hives from bee fungal foot baths to powder sprays. ... read full article

Canna hybridizers have an extra interest in the preservation of the honey-bee, as the most prolific of pollinators in Northern Europe, and elsewhere.

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