Challenges for developing pathogen-based biopesticides against Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varroidae)

  title={Challenges for developing pathogen-based biopesticides against Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varroidae)},
  author={William G Meikle and Diana Sammataro and Peter Neumann and Jochen Pflugfelder},
Control of the major pest of apiculture, the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor using pathogen-based biopesticides would resolve many of the problems experienced with other forms of control, such as chemical control, hive manipulation, or selection of resistant honeybee strains. Several research groups have developed and tested fungus-based biopesticides in laboratory and field experiments, with varying results. While biopesticides have many desirable qualities, including much lower risk of… CONTINUE READING
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