Varroa in Panama: detection, spread and prospects

publication date: Sep 15, 2009
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Bee World  Vol. 81 (3) 2000 pp.  126 - 128
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Varroa in Panama: detection, spread and prospects


Rafael A Calderon, Alberto Ortiz, Bolivar Aparisio and Maria Teresa Ruiz


On 6 July 2000, the ectoparasitic mite, Varroa jacobsoni, was first detected in Panama. Samples of sealed brood and adult bees, and varroa traps taken from Chiriquí, Veragua, Cocle, Herrera and Colon provinces, confirmed the presence of the mite throughout the country. Both the National Beekeepers Association of Panama and the Ministry of Agricultural Development are working together
in order to combat this mite efficiently.

KeywordsPanama, Varroa, Detection