Mites and Deformed Wing Virus

Gordon Thomason passed this article on to me, from June 7 Science Daily, as reported in the journal Science, regarding mites and deformed wing virus.

…”showed how the Varroa mite caused deformed wing virus (DWV) — a known viral pathogen — to increase its frequency among honey bee colonies from 10 per cent to 100 per cent.  This change was accompanied by a million-fold increase in the number of virus particles infecting each honey bee and a massive reduction in viral strain diversity leading to the emergence of a single virulent DWV strain.”

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Damn mites.

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