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Gene study boosts bid to keep British bees safe from disease


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Efforts to protect the UK's native honey bees could be helped by research that maps their entire genetic make-up.


Researchers say their findings could help to safeguard native bee populations from the effects of infectious diseases through improved health monitoring.


Bees play a vital role in helping to pollinate crops and wild plants, so minimising risks to them is crucial.


The researchers from the University's Roslin Institute say this is good news as native bees were thought to be endangered in the UK.


They suggest this could mean that native bees survive better in cooler climates than their relatives from southern Europe.


The team also analysed the genetic makeup of bacteria and other organisms that live inside bees—the so-called metagenome.






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