• A honey bee with Varroa mite attached.

    Genetic Tradeoffs: Some Bees Can Have it All

    Recently a lot of attention has been given to breeding Varroa mite resistant honey bees. There has been concern, however, that this good-intentioned method could come with a downside. One main way honey bee workers deal with parasites is by socially grooming one-another. Researchers hope that we can create healthier…

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  • Nosema infection can be detected in samples of dead bees via microscope.

    Nosema’s Impact on Honeybee Colony Health

    Honeybees are essential to our food supply as a major pollinator species. Unfortunately, colony health is threatened by many factors including pesticides, diseases, and mites. Among these threats is the fungus Nosema ceranae. If a honeybee eats the spores of this fungus, it will reproduce inside the cells of the…

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