Bee health in CSIRO research spotlight

October 16, 2016

From: The Examiner

Piia Wirsu

“The varroa mite has been a major cause of disruptive management of hives from everywhere in the world … When the mite arrived in the U.K. there was a huge loss in beekeeping industry,” De Souza said.


In recent years, the parasite has made its way to New Zealand, making Australian beekeepers nervous it could soon hit our hives. Since the mite arrived in New Zealand, wild honey bee populations have plummeted to 10 per cent of their original size.

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