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Health of Honeybees Tied to Genetic Trait

John Davis is pleased as he inspects one of his hives for signs of a parasite that can wreak havoc on honeybees. “I can’t find a single mite today to save my neck, and that’s a good thing,” said the retired paper-manufacturing supervisor. He started beekeeping at age 15 when his biology teacher, who was a beekeeper, talked about bee research.  Davis and his wife live in Powhatan County, where he has 40 hives.

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