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Varroa – still a problem in the 21st century?

On Saturday (16th April 2011) the International Bee Research Association launched an important new book on the major problem affecting bees worldwide, the parasitic mite Varroa destructor at the British Beekeepers Association Spring Convention.

One of the book’s authors, Professor Keith Delaplane of the University of Georgia, USA, was a key speaker at the convention. He said: “it is simply non controversial among the world’s practicing bee scientists that Varroa destructor is problem #1″. 

In recent years, the world’s headlines have been full of stories of mass deaths of honey bee colonies, but scientific consensus suggests that there is no single cause, and that different interacting factors may be occurring in different regions. It is inescapable, however, that varroa is present in all regions where recent colony losses have occurred, and the mite is known to interact with other pests and diseases, principally viruses. Varroa is, however, not a new problem. It was first identified as a serious pest more than half a century ago, and chemical and other control methods have been available for decades. It remains a problem because conventional approaches to control have failed, with the mite becoming resistant to many of the chemicals used. Other problems affecting bees have diverted attention away from the search for more effective methods for control of varroa.

In this new book, a team of international scientists addresses all aspects of the varroa problem, with chapters on: mite biology; varroa and viruses; chemical control; Integrated Pest Management; biological control and breeding bees for varroa tolerance. The final chapter looks forward at prospects for improved control and innovative ways to tackle the problem.

IBRA Scientific Director Norman Carreck says: “This book brings together current knowledge of how the global varroa crisis can be tackled”.

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1.1 The book “Varroa – still a problem in the 21st century?” is available from IBRA price £13.50.

2. Information about the British Beekeepers Spring Convention is available at:-

3. The International Bee Research Association (“IBRA”) is the world’s longest established apicultural research publishers and promotes the value of bees by providing information on bee science and beekeeping worldwide. 

4. IBRA is a Registered Charity, and its Council of trustees boasts some of the world’s leading bee scientists. 

5. IBRA publishes the following peer reviewed scientific journals: –

5.1 The Journal of Apicultural Research was founded by IBRA in 1962.  It includes original research articles, theoretical papers; scientific notes and comments; together with authoritative reviews on scientific aspects of the biology, ecology, natural history and culture of all types of bee.

5.2 The Journal of ApiProduct and ApiMedical Science was launched by IBRA in 2009.  It focuses upon evidence based research being carried out on biologically relevant properties of bee and hive products, and their scientific relevance in the fields of medicine, nutrition and healthcare.  This journal provides a forum where the efficacy and effectiveness of bee and hive products with therapeutic properties can be presented, debated and evaluated using scientific principles.

6. IBRA publishes and sells books on bee science and beekeeping. 

7. IBRA also provides bee information services. 

8. Membership of IBRA costs just £31.50 annually.  Membership benefits include receipt of four quarterly issues of Bee World, an accessible and topical journal on latest bee research, news, reviews and other relevant information for the bee scientist, beekeeper, and anyone with an interest in bees. 

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