Safe and efficient control of Varroa destructor bee parasite
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- The honey bee skin parasite Varroa destructor mite is considered a major threat to beekeeping and honeybees in general. The damage caused by Varroosis is thought to be the key cause for the periodical colony losses in Europe and the USA. Without regular Varroa treatments, beekeeping would not be possible in these areas.
- Various Varroa treatments leave a chemical trace in the honey itself, thereby making beekeepers weigh between honey quality or bee colony survival.
- Currently, beekeepers have to time the treatments so as to minimize the quanity of the chemicals getting into the honey.
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Traynor KS, Mondet F, de Miranda JR, Techer M, Kowallik V, Oddie MAY, Chantawannakul P, McAfee A. Varroa destructor: A Complex Parasite, Crippling Honey Bees Worldwide. Trends Parasitol. 2020 Jul;36(7):592-606. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2020.04.004
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