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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Honey bee populations have been declining as a result of parasites and diseases. In 2000, BARC developed a screened-bottom-board insert for bee hives that helps reduce the number of parasitic Varroa mites. In 2005, scientists received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for an antibiotic to control American foulbrood, one of the most destructive and widespread bee diseases.

 

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Last Modified: 3/31/2010
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