“The work of honey bees in pollinating food crops in this country and world wide
is well known. Of recent years, the decline in the population of bees has been caused
partly by infestation of the varroa mite, together with wetter winters which are
thought to be responsible.
New research into this worrying decline in the U. K. is being pioneered jointly by
the National Bee Unit, based at Sand Hutton, near York, and Aberdeen University.
The process uses the Nobel Prize-winning theory called RNA Interference. It works
by introducing harmless genetic material into the varroa mite, which encourages the
mites' own immune response to self destruct”.
The Yorkshire Post - January 6th. 2011
The Science Group has been privileged to have visited the research establishment
at Sand Hutton, formerly CSL, where we learned of the wide range of on-going research
into all aspects of our food and the environment. It is good to know that this is
being monitored so rigorously.
An article in Benhealth magazine last year referred to wet summers as one cause but
on the plus side claimed that the number of British beekeepers has risen in the last
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