Varroa mites -- bees' archenemies -- have genetic holes in their armor

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 12:22 in Biology & Nature

Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Scientists have found genetic holes in the pests' armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders. The team's results have identified four genes critical for survival and two that directly affect reproduction.

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