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Conservation groups are welcoming a breakthrough in the battle against a deadly mite responsible for decimating the honeybee population.
The Varroa mite is the biggest killer of honeybees worldwide and has developed a resistance to medication developed to destroy it.
But now scientists from Aberdeen University and the government's National Bee Unit have developed a genetic technique that could stop the mite in its tracks.
The mite, which looks like a tiny brown crab, hitches a ride on the bee, draining its blood and weakening its immune system. It takes just 1,000 mites to kill a col