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Old 01-20-2010, 01:57 PM   #1
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bumblebee New Research May Lead to New Ways to Control Honeybee Parasite

New Research May Lead to New Ways to Control Honeybee Parasite
ScienceDaily
Dec. 13, 2009

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091209143749.htm
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The MSU researchers for the first time were able to produce in the laboratory proteins that help channel sodium ions through cell membranes of parasites known as Varroa mites. The research, using cellular frog eggs, also found that these proteins react to chemicals differently than the sodium channel proteins in honeybees, a finding that could be a key to controlling the mites.

"The insecticide used to control Varroa mites, fluvalinate, targets the mite sodium channel," said Ke Dong, MSU professor of entomology. "But the mites are becoming resistant to fluvalinate...
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