Announcement: New Book on Varroa

Dear colleagues

There is common agreement in our field that the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor is a major problem for bee health.

Therefore, I would like to address your attention on a recent publication by IBRA, which will probably be of interest for many of you.

Please see below for details.

Yours sincerely

Peter Neumann


Varroa - still a problem in the 21st century.

Norman Carreck (Ed). 2011. IBRA. Soft cover 78 pp. ISBN: 978-0-86098-269-2

This new book from the International Bee Research Association brings together current knowledge of how the global varroa crisis can be tackled. In recent years, the world’s headlines have been full of stories of mass deaths of honey bee colonies, but scientific consensus suggests that there is no single cause, and that different interacting factors may be occurring in different regions. It is inescapable, however, that varroa is present in all regions where recent colony losses have occurred, and the mite is known to interact with other pests and diseases, principally viruses. Varroa is, however, not a new problem. It was first identified as a serious pest more than half a century ago, and chemical and other control methods have been available for decades. It remains a problem because conventional approaches to control have failed, with the mite becoming resistant to many of the chemicals used. Other problems affecting bees have diverted attention away from the search for more effective methods for control of varroa.

In the book, a team of international scientists, most of them active members of the COLOSS Network, address all aspects of the varroa problem: varroa biology: Stephen Martin; varroa and viruses: Joachim de Miranda, Yanping Chen, Magali Ribière, Laurent Gautier; chemical control of varroa: Max Watkins; Integrated Pest Management in varroa: Keith Delaplane; biological control of varroa: David Chandler, Gillian Prince, Judith Pell; breeding honey bees for varroa tolerance: Norman Carreck; and varroa - the way forward: Jochen Pflugfelder, Vincent Dietemann.

Available now priced just £13.50 plus postage from the IBRA store:-