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Madagascar: Bees are reappearing after being devastated by the parasitic Varroa

Madagascar: Bees are reappearing after being devastated by the parasitic Varroa
A parasitic mite Varroa, native to Asia, threat to bee colonies of Madagascar and endangers the beekeeping industry all of the Big Island and its 102,833 hives.
According to a former researcher, Jean Joseph Randriamananoro the varroa "is impossible to eradicate." "The existence of a large colony of wild bees makes this operation possible. By cons, it is possible to contain the infestation level throughout the treatment and prevention", said the scientist site
Despite an eradication of Varroa doomed to failure, a product called Apipro ,interference suppression is currently available for sale in Madagascar and shows encouraging results. In areas of Tamatave and Foulpointe in eastern Madagascar, thus the bees to do their recurrence.
As a reminder, 25,000 hives have been contaminated in 2012 by the varroa and honey production has dropped precipitously by almost 90%.
Disasters for the economy of Madagascar for more than one million people live in a beekeeping family essentially. Honey production is estimated at 3,000 tons each year in Madagascar and generates 6 million in revenue.
The varroa mite (insect of 1.5 mm to 1 mm) sucks the blood of bee larvae or adult. The parasitic mite pierces the skin of its victims, and transmits viruses that can transform the wings of bees genetically contaminated.
But in most cases, no visible feature in the morphology of bees can be an infection on a large scale swarms.

Antso Rajaona

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