Australia is Killing Millions Of Bees To Save Its Honey Industry
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Australian authorities have killed millions of bees over the past two weeks in an effort to stop a devastating parasitic plague called the Varroa mite.
The parasite named Varroa mite has spread to the south-eastern part of the country.
Now because of this, the honey industry worth crores of rupees is under threat.
In view of this, an alert was issued for the beekeepers.
The decision to kill bees could adversely affect the development of many crops including almonds, macadamia nuts and blueberries that depend on bees for pollination.
Bees are the most important pollinators.
What is Varroa Mite?
It is a parasitic insect that infects and feeds on honeybees.
It is often known as the varroa destructor.
It is reddish-brown in color and is capable of destroying entire colonies of bees.
This organism can spread five types of viruses in the hive which can destroy the entire colony of bees.
After clinging to one bee, it reaches another and thus takes the entire hive under its control.
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