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The genetic holes in varroa's armour. Researchers have identified two genes that cause high mortality in Varroa mites, one of which killed more than 96 percent of mites. They also identified four genes that control reproduction. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814120928.htm

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Vita's August enewsletter has just been sent. If you'd like one, please sign up here:

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The more researchers look, the more important nutrition becomes. Pollination is even more of a mutual benefit than we thought.

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The USA is launching a beautiful set of Protect Pollinators stamps. And, as we are becoming increasingly aware, pollination benefits the plants and the pollen benefits the bees!

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They're warming up for the North American mite-a-thon. A continent-wide effort to collect mite infestation data within a one week window. The data will be uploaded to www.mitecheck.com.

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Send us your best honey bee-related photographs to enter the sixth annual Vita international photo competition. The overall winner receives a cash prize and eleven others will appear in the Vita 2018 limited edition calendar.

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Researchers have been trying to forecast how far and how quickly the Asian hornet might spread in Britain. 2017 is a crucial year!

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For British friends, don't miss CountryFile on BBC1 at 8pm on Sunday when the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (sponsored by Vita) is featured.

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Using Apiguard to control varroa this season? Here's a short how-to video.

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Last Saturday we took about 80 participants from the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers up Woodborough Hill in the Vale of Pewsey in search of a drone congregation area.
We will put the video online soon, but meantime here is a clip of what we had also hoped to see , but just missed by a day or two: a mysterious corn circle. Join the news item at 4 mins in (be quick because it may disappear by tomorrow).
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