Honeybees, varroa mites and pesticides: Entomologist explains what you need to know

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[O]n Florida Matters, we talk with Jamie Ellis, Professor of Entomology and director of honey bee research at the University of Florida.

Ellis and his team conduct research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination. And he created UF’s Master Beekeeper Program.

[Editor’s note: Listen to the interview with Ellis.]

There’s been good news and bad news about bees in the news, and it’s hard to know how they’re doing, exactly.

We talk with Ellis about how honey bee populations are faring, and why beekeepers are having to work harder to maintain healthy colonies …. And we talk about some threats to bee populations, including varroa mites and improper use of pesticides.

Related article:  Organic pesticides substituted for 'dangerous' neonicotinoids found far more toxic to bees

Read full, original article: The Buzz On Florida’s Honey Bees

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