A mitey effort

A mitey effort

FLC student finds that sugar and a bit of thyme may help honeybees fight nemesis: The varroa mite

A mitey effort

Ashlee Robison, a student research assistant to Fort Lewis College chemistry professor Bill Collins, has discovered a combination of sugar and thyme that could eradicate the varroa mite, the scourge of beekeepers.
Fort Lewis college chemistry major Ashlee Robison’s idea to use molecules of sugar and a volatile, aromatic compound of thyme to combat bee colony collapse has proved popular in an American Chemical Society contest. Her three-minute video summarizing her research has notched the third most hits on the society’s website.
Varroa mites on honeybee pupae.
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