Varroa mite to self destruct?

Scientists claim they may be able to halt global honey bee losses by forcing the deadly Varroa mite to self destruct.

A recent press release describes how researchers from the Government’s National Bee Unit and Aberdeen University have worked out how to ‘silence’ natural functions in the mites’ genes to make them self destruct.

Whilst it is going to be at least 5 years before beekeepers see any benefit from this research, and there is no guarantee that this research will result in a useable treatment at least there is cause to be hopeful.

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