Grooming Gene Protects Bees from Deadly Varroa Mites, New Study Finds

May 24, 2017

From: Guelph Now

Constant Scratching Gene Protects Bees From Lethal Mites

Grooming Gene Protects Bees from Deadly varroa mite Mites Through Constant Scratching

A gene linked to grooming could be the key to saving honeybees from the deadly varroa mite, according to new University of Guelph research.

Prof. Ernesto Guzman discovered that honeybees with higher expression of a gene linked to vigorous scratching are better at removing mites from their bodies, and more resistant to the bugs, than bees with lower gene expression.

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