Honey bees in Newfoundland and Labrador mostly disease-free

Published on July 4, 2014
Bee in flight
Eileen Nichols

An article recently published online in a peer-reviewed scientific journal says invasive parasites are not posing a problem to Newfoundland’s honey-producing bee population.

Diseases associated with the presence of such parasites were generally not found within the 900 frames taken from 55 colonies in June 2010. Molecular testing for the study published by PLOS ONE focused on 23 of those colonies.

Meanwhile, a local beekeeper has some thoughts to share on why Newfoundland and Labrador is doing well when it comes to avoiding such diseases and parasites.

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