Beekeepers unite against mite

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Beekeepers unite against mite

BRITISH beekeepers are being urged to take part in a week of concerted action against a deadly parasite which is wiping out huge colonies of honey bees. The British Beekeepers' Association is launching National Varroa Week in response to the damage caused by the varroa mite. Varroa, which arrived in Britain in 1992, weakens the natural defences of bees, leaving them susceptible to viruses and predators like wasps. The most heavily infested areas are in the south, but the problem is spreading northwards.

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