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Bee population in La. is looking up

1 year 7 months 1 week ago April 25, 2015 Apr 25, 2015 Saturday, April 25 2015 April 25, 2015 2:46 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

ALEXANDRIA - There are some good signs indicating that Louisiana's bee population is rebounding, according to federal bee experts.

A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report on honey shows production is up.

Producing colonies have decreased about 4 percent in Louisiana, March data shows, but colonies were up in number about 22 percent from 2013.

The state of bees in Louisiana remains favorable, according to Thomas Rinderer, head researcher at the USDA's Baton Rouge Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research.

He says the weather, good beekeeping practices and the state's agricultural systems have helped.

But an issue that continues to pester beekeepers is the Verroa destructor, a parasitic mite that first devastated feral and managed bee colonies in the 1980s.

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