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Varroa impact: It’s going to be a difficult winter for the bees

Due to the weather conditions in Germany and neighboring countries, the Varroa mite has multiplied well in 2014 and is bound to cause problems for the bees this winter, say experts from the beekeeping, agricultural and industrial communities.

Parasite weakens bee colonies

International Green Week (IGW)

The mite’s name is characteristic: Varroa destructor. Bee experts provided information about the biggest threat to the Western honey bee at the fair in Berlin last week.

Bee scientist casts fresh doubt on EU decision on neonicotinoids

An overdose of chemicals in laboratory experiments resulted in the EU restrictions on neonicotinoids, says a new study.

How painful is a bee sting?

New study extends the “Schmidt Sting Pain Index”

Sting painfulness varies widely depending on body location, says US scientist Michael L. Smith in a recent study.

Why global warming could be particularly bad for our bees

A parasite is spreading through the world’s honey bees and climate changes are making it worse.

A parasite is spreading through the world’s honey bees and climate changes are making it worse, says zoologist Robert Paxton in a comment on the World Economic Forum blog.

Parasite pressures on wild honey bee swarms

Managed and feral adult honey bee populations show similar intensity in parasite infestation

UK research team reports that managed and feral adult honey bee populations show similar intensity in parasite infestation.

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