Researchers hope for varroa bee mite breakthrough

February 8, 2016

From: Radio New Zealand

Rachel Graham

A new report from British researchers shows that a deadly virus wiping out bee colonies around the world, was originally a bee virus but it is being spread by the varroa mite.

The researchers have tracked the global spread of the deformed wing virus, and say it came to New Zealand from Europe.

Alison Mercer, a professor of Zoology at Otago University, said there was an epidemic of deformed wing virus in hives across New Zealand now.

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