Varroa is the Leading Killer of Honey Bees

August 24, 2017

From: Growing Produce

Mite Researchers Talk High Infestations in Bee Colonies

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Female varroa destructor on the head of a bee nymph. (Photo by Gilles San Martin.)

In 2016, The New York State Beekeeper Tech Team (which is attached to Cornell University’s Dyce Lab Beekeeping Resources) found that 90% of the 19,000 colonies they monitored had varroa mite infestations. See our report on the results here.

American Vegetable Grower reached out to the research team to learn more about the study. Take a look at what Mary Kate Wheeler, Agricultural Economic Analyst at Cornell University, and Paul Cappy, Apiculturist, Division of Plant Industry, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, had to say.

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