Anti-varroa medicine could help save honeybee

Researchers have developed a genetic technique which could help the fight to save the honeybee.

A study which involved the University of Aberdeen and the National Bee Unit in York has found  a way to "switch off" genes in the Varroa mite, the parasite thought to be responsible to the drastic decline in the honeybee in Europe and possibly worldwide.

The technique, still at an experimental stage, could eventually be used to create an anti-varroa medicine by forcing the mites to "self-destruct".

For more information read the research article in Parasites and Vectors.

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