The honey bee virus, Varroosis, decimates bee colonies in US

February 25, 2016

From: Concordiensis | The official student newspaper of Union College Since 1877

By Jocelyne Akamaliza

Known for their role in cross pollination and production of honey, bees are at war with a virus that is decimating their colonies.

The parasitic mite Varroa destructor is the root to this nightmare. The mite is the carrier of the bee virus, Varroosis. It can be seen with the naked eye, and acts as an external parasite, while reproducing inside the bee.

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