Eco-friendly solution for honeybee protection
The Varroa mite represents one of the leading causes of honeybee mortality and severely impacts Europe’s 17 million beehives. Methods to confront the parasite rely on chemical treatments that also pose a serious threat to bee populations. Hyperthermia is an alternative method aiming to replace chemical treatment, but it has low efficiency. The EU-funded VATOREX project proposes a solution developed by Swiss company Vatorex AG, which specialises in efficient and eco-friendly methods designed for Varroa mite extinction. The solution comprises heating the brood combs directly from the inside at temperatures tolerated by the bees, thus keeping the hive safe and resulting in significant total cost reductions across the entire honey production process. Moreover, it is fully aligned with EU initiatives for biodiversity and pollination protection.
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