13 April 2000
Varroa threat to Kiwi bees

NEW Zealands horticultural industry been put on the alert after discovering a bee-killing mite that has the potential to ruin the countrys fruit exports.

The mite, Varroa Jacobsoni, has been discovered in five areas of Auckland, and has led to a large area of the Northern Island being isolated.

According to the FT, all bee exports have been stopped until the scale of the infestation has been recognised.

This could lead to significant losses for breeders, whose bees would usually be in high demand at this time of year.

  • Financial Times, 13/04/00, page 40