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Comprehensive video on varroa control

Media release
20 May 2002

Comprehensive video on varroa control

The latest contribution to the battle against varroa is a one-hour video “Control of Varroa: A video for New Zealand Beekeepers”.

HortResearch scientists Mark Goodwin and Michelle Taylor produced the video at Ruakura. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry funded the project, which is one of several research and education projects with HortResearch.

The video is the latest in a series of communications by HortResearch on varroa control. It follows a detailed book that was given free to beekeepers, and a series of workshops that are currently being presented by AgriQuality NZ.

The video covers recognition of varroa and describes how this bee mite reproduces and invades hives. It provides detailed coverage of seven methods that beekeepers can use to sample hives for varroa, followed by in-depth demonstrations and discussion of both organic and inorganic ways to treat colonies for varroa.

Dr Goodwin’s team also publishes monthly updates on varroa issues for the National Beekeeper Association’s journal, NZ Beekeeper.

Controlling varroa means beekeepers will be faced with new costs that may put some out of business. Yet the threat to New Zealand industries reliant on bee pollination - most horticultural exports and clover-based pastoral industries - is potentially far greater than to the $50 million beekeeping industry.

The video is available to beekeepers at cost ($10 a copy) from MAF.

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For further information contact Photo of video available from
Dr Mark Goodwin Paula McCool
HortResearch Ruakura
East St Tel: 06 351 7000 extn 7785
Hamilton pmccool@hortresearch.co.nz
Tel: 07 858 4650
Email: mgoodwin@hortresearch.co.nz

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