US report cites varroa mite as major factor in bee decline

May 14, 2013

From: Farmers Guardian

By Alistair Driver

US authorities have published a report concluding ‘multiple factors’ are to blame for the decline in global bee populations.

The report by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concludes the parasitic varroa mite is ‘recognised as the major factor underlying colony loss in the US and other countries’.

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