K bee industry abuzz with mite resistant breed
By Stefano Ambrogi
LONDON | Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:19pm BST
LONDON (Reuters) - A British beekeeper said on Wednesday he may have discovered a strain of honey bee immune to a parasite that has been gradually wiping out populations of the vital insect worldwide.
Scientists have been trying to find a way to fight the pesticide-resistant Varroa mite.
But now a retired heating engineer who has spent 18 years searching for a mite-resistant breed may have made a breakthrough.
Ron Hoskins, 79, from Swindon in southern England, says he has managed to isolate and breed a strain of bees which "groom" one another, removing the mites.
Since making his discovery, which he said happened by chance, he has been artificially inseminating queen bees in the hope they will establish themselves.