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Engineered Microbe in Bees’ Guts Fends off Deadly Varroa Mite

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Some new research was published in The Scientist on 31 Jan 2020 titled  "Engineered Microbe in Bees’ Guts Fends off Deadly Varroa Mite".

 

A genetically modified microbe has been developed which, when introduced to the bee's gut, causes Varroa mites to self destruct!  It is not ready of commercialisation yet, but it may be eventually.  I am sure there will be debate about whether this is a good idea here if it becomes commercially available, my impression is that NZers are very anti GM.  Personally, since I have started using OA strips Varroa is no longer a real issue in my hives.  I tested 15 hives in one apiary treated with strips over last winter in the spring and got a count 3 mites.  Not 3 per 100.  A total of 3.  100% of the hives in that apiary made it through winter.  I did have to requeen one in October due to a failing queen.

 

Link to the article: https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/engineered-microbe-in-bees-guts-fends-off-deadly-varroa-mite-67048 

 

Happy beekeeping.

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39 minutes ago, SuperB said:

I am sure there will be debate about whether this is a good idea here if it becomes commercially available, my impression is that NZers are very anti GM. 

There would certainly be debate, GM is illegal here.

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13 hours ago, yesbut said:

There would certainly be debate, GM is illegal here.

Yes, without approval you can't use GM here, but there is a lot of approved GM in use in NZ.

 

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1 hour ago, SuperB said:

Yes, without approval you can't use GM here, but there is a lot of approved GM in use in NZ.

 

I am so undecided about GM .

It has potential to do so many wonderous things  but it is such a powerful tool when things go bad its disastrous.

Look at the unintended consequences of GM crops and and weeds that are now herbicide resistant .

I think GM will become mainstream eventually for better or worse ..

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