In recent years, honeybee populations have suffered a serious crisis in the form of missing worker bees, causing what’s known as colony collapse disorder. Nor is this simply a matter of less honey — bees are involved in pollinating much of the world’s food supply. The causes aren’t clear and a wide range of factors are suspected, from pesticides to a mite called the varroa.
This article in the Washington Post outlines efforts to meet this challenge, by breeding new, mite-resistant bees. It’s a time-consuming, difficult task, but some scientists and beekeepers are close to a solution.