Varroa mite arrives in the South

 

Dunedin and Invercargill, located at the very bottom of the South Island of New Zealand, are some of the last areas on Earth where honeybees are free from the threat of varroa mite infection. But not anymore! 

Varroa mite has finally arrived to those places, bringing uncertainty and grave concerns to the beekeeping community. With the arrival of the mite comes drastic changes to the honey industry, such as the widespread use of chemical pesticides, resistance to those pesticides and cost increase. 

But perhaps the biggest concern is the impact varroa may have on the honeybees' ability to pollinate. Throughout most of New Zealand, varroa has virtually annihilated wild honeybees, putting serious pressures on our agricultural and dairy industries. That's because honeybees are the main pollinators of clover in our country, a staple crop used to feed our sheep and cattle.

Watch our movie to find out how research can help the fight against varroa.