Bee part of science

April 14th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Research News

Honey bee afflicted by varroa mite

Honey bee afflicted by Varroa mite

Arrival of the varroa mite on Oʻahu and the Big Island has spread viruses that have dramatically decreased the wild honeybee population.

The bees are important to agriculture for pollinating many crops grown in the Islands.

Researchers in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources are collecting and sampling honeybees for the virus.

You can help by reporting the location of wild honeybee colonies on Oʻahu, Maui, Kauaʻi and the Big Island; call (808) 956-2445 or email the project.

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