Biological Varroose control through interference with reproductive behaviour of Varroa bee mites

Scientists at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, have developed the first biological and bee-friendly Varroose control method. The method exploits the fact, that female mites exude a pheromone which incites the mating behavior of the males.
After isolating the pheromone and identifying its components, followed another breakthrough with the discovery, that single components of the pheromone affect the mating behavior effectively, too. Currently the scientists run successful field tests using oleic acid, a low-priced component, which is unproblematic with regard to food regulations and suitable for application as a spray.

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