UK Bee Industry Abuzz with Mite Resistant Breed

UK Bee Industry Abuzz with Mite Resistant Breed

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photo by Sun StarA British beekeeper said on Wednesday he may have discovered a strain of honey bee immune to a parasite that has been gradually wiping out populations of the vital insect worldwide.

Scientists have been trying to find a way to fight the pesticide-resistant Varroa mite. But now a retired man who has spent 18 years searching for a mite-resistant breed may have made a breakthrough.

Ron Hoskins, 79, from Swindon in southern England, says he has managed to isolate and breed a strain of bees which “groom” one another, removing the mites.

(READ story from Reuters)

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