Russian Honeybees to the Rescue

With a resistance to the varroa mite, Russian honeybees might offer one solution to the backyard beekeeper’s fight against colony collapse disorder.

Scientists in the ARS Beneficial Insects Research Unit at Weslaco, Texas, have found that a strain of the fungus Metarhizium anisopliae is deadly to Varroa mites, such as this one on an adult worker honey bee's thorax.
Photo by Stephen R Ausmus USDA-ARS