Natuur maakt honingbijen weerbaar

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Nature makes honey bees resilient

The high mortality rate amongst European honey bees is principally caused by the varroa destructor. Ten years ago, Wageningen researchers started examining natural selection as a potential solution, so ultimately the most resilient bee colonies survived. “We wanted to allow nature to solve this itself and this occurred much faster than expected.” The first Dutch beekeepers will now also apply this method.