Icipe set to offer bee health expertise globally: Official 

African honeybees are less vulnerable to brood diseases, parasites such as Varroa mites, and pests like the small hive beetle. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • Icipe director general Segenet Kelemu said the research centre has over the past decade been implementing a range of initiatives in bee research.
  • Bees also pollinate grasses and forage plants, therefore contributing indirectly to meat and milk production besides offering 70 per cent of the production of the world’s major crops.
  • The centre also aims to complete gaps in knowledge and to rectify the absence of systematic procedures and capacity to monitor, analyse and safeguard bees. 
  • African honeybees are less vulnerable to brood diseases, parasites such as Varroa mites, and pests like the small hive beetle.

THE INTERNATIONAL Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) announced Monday in Kenya it will soon start offering bee health expertise across the globe.

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