African beekeeping stops mites wiping out hives

May 19, 2016


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  • Varroa mites are becoming resistant to pesticides used in richer nations
  • Unlike Western beekeepers, African ones allow bees to abandon hives
  • Most mites are left behind when this happens

Traditional African beekeeping methods offer better protection against hive-destroying varroa mites than pesticides which, according to a study, are losing their potency.

The mites, which attach to bees and suck their body fluids, are increasingly resistant to pyrethroids, according to a study, published yesterday in PLOS One.

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  • 1. Ernest  |  May 19, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Varoa mites are whipping out bees in east africa quietly while the whole world watches

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