bee im­mu­ni­sa­tion

Gardening Australia - - GARDEN NEWS -

Viruses spread by var­roa mites are the world’s lead­ing cause of honey bee deaths, but they may have met their match, thanks to re­search con­ducted by molec­u­lar ge­neti­cist Dr Emily Rem­nant from The Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney. Dr Rem­nant and her team have been in­ject­ing the bac­te­ria Wol­bachia into queen bees to in­crease re­sis­tance to the viruses through­out the colony, with promis­ing re­sults. Last year, Dr Rem­nant re­ceived the Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter’s Sci­ence and In­no­va­tion Award for her work, which has en­abled her to con­tinue with this im­por­tant re­search.

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