(MENAFN- Swissinfo) Swiss bees are infected by the varroa mite, Neumann explained in an interview published on Friday by the CH Media group of newspapers. "There are other viruses that have nothing to do directly with the mite. On the whole, colonies are so weakened that even viruses that would not normally be harmful become a threat". More
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The specialist refutes the idea that there are too many honeybees in cities. "That's a bit like saying that there are too many cows in Switzerland because they eat the grass of deer and rabbits. The density of honeybees in Switzerland is still lower than in Africa, where bees occur naturally in the wild," he says.First and foremost, bees need to become healthier again, he points out. "This will also reduce the likelihood of infection by other viruses.
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