In a recent interview for the Australia Science Channel website, our own Dr Katja Hogendoorn from the University of Adelaide, remarks on the recent death of millions of bees in the US. She chooses not to mince words about the vital importance of pollinators to our food production, and the ‘stupidity’ of the widespread use of insecticides.
Bees are a keystone species in our ecosystems and crucial to the health and proliferation of numerous other organisms, including us. Here’s an update on the science behind the issues confronting our bee populations worldwide and the future they face:
Please note: The summary in this link re. Varroa mite in Australia, seems to refer to a mite of the Asian honeybee (the Varroa jacobsoni) rather than European honeybee.
And, here’s info’ for further clarification: