Dangerous bee virus might be innocent bystander: Beekeepers urged to rethink fears around deadly virus

Dangerous bee virus might be innocent bystander: Beekeepers urged to rethink fears around deadly virus

Researchers have found that the relationship between the Varroa mite and virulence of a virus of honey bees, has been misunderstood. The study challenges the long-held belief that the parasitic Varroa mite transmits the deformed wing virus of honeybees and in doing so changes the virus to make it more virulent and deadly. Research published today concludes that this belief is incorrect.

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