A Sustainable Approach to Controlling Honey Bee Diseases and Varroa Mites


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Marla Spivak, Gary Reuter | 2021 | 6 pages

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About the Authors
Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter
Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota