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1. (WO2017037605) A METHOD AND COMPOSITION FOR TREATING BEES AGAINST VARROA MITES

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/037605    International Application No.:    PCT/IB2016/055142
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Aug 30 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: A01N 59/00
A01P 7/02
A01N 25/00
Applicants: NORTH-WEST UNIVERSITY
Inventors: TAUTE, Cornelius Johannes Francois
ERASMUS, Lardus
Title: A METHOD AND COMPOSITION FOR TREATING BEES AGAINST VARROA MITES
Abstract:
The invention discloses a composition for the treatment of bees against parasitic infestation such as Varroa destructor and Varroa Jacobsoni mite infestation. The composition comprises a mixture of Fenton's reagent(s) to operatively produce free radicals, and a bee attractant in a suitable solution. The Fenton's reagent and/or the concentration thereof are selected such as to be detrimental to the antioxidant defence metabolism of the parasite, and preferably complementary to the bee's metabolism. The invention extends to a method for the treatment of bees against said infestation; and a kit for administering said composition to the bee.