Prof Makes International Headlines

March 04, 2010 - In the News

Prof. Enesto Guzman's research on solving the mystery behind Ontario's bee loss has made national headlines.

The School of Environmental Sciences professor revealed in a recent study that varroa mites are the main culprit behind mysterious die-offs of honeybee colonies that have alarmed beekeepers, crop growers and the general public over the past three years.

The results of Guzman's study have been highlighted today by Yahoo News, the Canadian Press, CTV, as well as a number of other newspapers, radio stations and online publications across the country.

The study, published last month in the journal Apidologie, found that the parasitic mites were responsible for more than 85 per cent of honeybee colony mortality in Ontario. The next most important killers were too-sparse beehive populations in fall and insufficient food reserves for winter.

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