About 75 scientists and stakeholders convened in Riverdale in the US state of Maryland on 18 and 19 February to share research progress, determine knowledge gaps and to discuss ideas for developing and implementing effective Varroa mite management strategies. The summit was hosted by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The participants of the invitation-only event were chosen for their significant knowledge about Varroa.
One of the delegates was Dick Rogers, manager of Bayer’s North American Bee Care Center. Summing up the significance of the event, he said: “It was a great opportunity to discuss promising concepts to beat the destructive parasite. I was particularly impressed by the openness, sharing, and willingness to cooperate shown by all stakeholders.”
But the most important take-home message was the important consensus that Varroa mite is the primary underlying factor involved in poor bee health in the northern hemisphere.