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Colony losses in Scotland in 2004-2006 from a sample survey

Peterson, M. and Gray, Alison J. and Teale, A. (2009) Colony losses in Scotland in 2004-2006 from a sample survey. Journal of Apicultural Research and Bee World, 48 (2). pp. 145-146. ISSN 1751-2891

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In the early summer of 2006, a postal survey of beekeeping in Scotland was carried out on behalf of the Executive of the Scottish Beekeepers' Association (SBA), to obtain an overview of some general aspects of current beekeeping practice and experience in Scotland. Of particular interest were colony losses and also extent and impact of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor (Anderson and Trueman, 2000). The Scottish experience is of interest, as V. destructor is not yet universally present throughout the country.