Everett Griner talks about honeybee research in today’s Agri View. He discusses a grant researchers have received to study the Varroa mite problem.
I hadn’t had an update on the honeybee problem in a month or so now. I got one yesterday. Researchers have received a substantial grant to cover part of the cost to study the Varroa mite. This isn’t new. It is more funds to keep the research going.
You see, the Varroa mite was the biggest problem bee farmers had until CCD (colony collape disorder) showed up. If I understand it right, the recently received grant will be used to find ways to kill the Varroa mite. The pest spreads rapidly and can wipe out a colony of bees in a very short time. Mites are one of the most widespread problems in the whole bee industry.
It will take time. It always does.
The present study will bring several groups together to study the Varroa mite problem. That is about as much as it can do.
That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner…