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  • Genomes of (Varroa) parasitic mites harming the world's bees sequenced

  • Honeybee pests and diseases.
Honeybee pests and diseases.
 #4949  by Chrisbarlow
 06 Oct 2019, 21:46
Researchers sequenced the genomes of the two Varroa mite species that parasitize the honey bee. They found that each species of mite used its own distinct strategy to survive in its bee host, potentially overwhelming the bees' defenses. In addition to pointing to how scientists might vanquish these deadly intruders, the findings also shed light on how parasites and hosts evolve in response to one another.