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Varroa control book wins silver medal

Medal but still no money for bee team

A book about varroa management written by HortResearch scientists has won a silver medal at the biennial congress of Apimondia - an international beekeeping organisation based in Europe. It is the first time New Zealand has won a medal at Apimondia.

The book, Control of Varroa, A guide for New Zealand beekeepers, was written for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in 2001 by Dr Mark Goodwin and former staff member Cliff van Eaton. It took six months to complete and takes the best overseas information on varroa control and applies it to New Zealand conditions.

Several thousand people attended the congress held in August in Ljubljana in Slovenia.

The varroa programme in New Zealand recently had its funding application rejected by FRST. HortResearch Chief Executive, Paul McGilvary said, "We have prepared a proposal for varroa research to continue by way of a greater contribution from industry and Regional Councils topped up with Government funding though the Ministry of Agriculture."

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