Bee scientists track spread of new parasite

July 21, 2015

From: Radio New Zealand News

Bee scientists want beekeepers’ help in tracking a newly identified honey bee parasite that may be contributing to colony collapses

The gut parasite Lotmaria passim has been found in beehives on the Coromandel Peninsula and in the southern North Island.

Plant and Food Research’s bee unit head Mark Goodwin said its presence in New Zealand was only confirmed a few months ago.


“There’s a paper that was published about six months or so [ago] in Belgium, where they linked this organism, Lotmaria, with Nosema ceranae – another new gut parasite – as being contributing [to], or at least the cause, of colony collapse disorder.

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