Dying Bees Fight Back With Disease Resistance Genes

redOrbit.com   By Brett Smith  9/28/12

As the phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) continues to plague North American honey bees, apiologists have been scrambling to find both the cause and the cure for the disappearance of millions of insects.

According to a report in the open access journal Genome Biology, new research from a group of Canadian scientists may have found a major culprit responsible for the disorder: a parasitic mite known as Varroa destructor.

Researchers found that the tiny mites suck the blood of larval and adult bees, which leaves them weak and more susceptible to infections. This parasitic relationship also...

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