The mite that’s killing our bee populations

Tomatoes, apples, pears, kiwi fruit, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, watermelon, cucumber – you literally name anything you find in a grocer and there’s a good chance that it’s had a meet and greet with a bee at some point.

Bees are hugely responsible for the pollination of many of our crops and produce.

But recently, things haven’t been looking so good for global bee populations.

Pesticide use, changes in climate conditions and destruction of habitats are just some of the stresses bees are facing – but one that’s rapidly killing bee colonies worldwide is a tiny little mite, called a varroa mite.


  • Costa Georgiadis – presenter of Gardening Australia, landscape architecture and champion of the Bee B&B Initiative.
  • Madeleine Beekman – Professor in Behavioural Ecology from the University of Sydney.

Producer: Jake Morcom.

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