Natural Killers

A varroa mite is preyed upon by a chelifer, a small arachnid enemy. Varroa, a parasitic mite which infects honey bees and can transfer fatal viral pathogens, is a source of concern to the horticultural and agricultural industries which rely on bees for crop pollination.

Plant & Food Research entomologists are looking at whether it is possible to commercially rear chelifers and how effective they are in controlling varroa mite when introduced to bee hives.

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