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October 27, 2006


John Whitfield

Well done for making this point - bee diseases are a huge problem, and pollination is a huge economic issue.

According to a new paper in Population Ecology, bumble bees have the same problem. They have been commercially traded between Europe and Japan (I assume for pollination), and this has likewise shifted parasitic mites around, to the bees' detriment. The paper is at dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10144-006-0010-8

I've written about bee diseases, particularly varroa, and what the bee genome might be able to do to help, on my blog, gentraso.blogspot.com.

Oh, and thanks for reading my book! I really appreciate it. Hope you like, and be interested to hear what you think. The book's site is www.inthebeatofaheart.com.

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