Parasitic Varroa Destructor Mite's Role in Collapse of Honey Bee Colonies

Two High-Impact Journals Publish New Papers on the Parasitic Varroa destructor Mite's Role in Collapse of Honey Bee Colonies 

NEW YORKJune 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a Statement by Dr. Peter Daszak, President, EcoHealth Alliance:

EcoHealth Alliance, an organization with a long history of ground-breaking work on species declines by our disease discovery experts, welcomes the publication of two new papers on the critical issue of honey bee colony declines, focusing on the role of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. The mite was introduced in South America in the late 1970s, across Europe in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the United States in 1987, and Hawaii in 2007.

The papers are in high-impact journals Science and PLoS Pathogens, both highly-respected among disease ecologists and other scientists. Read more...