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Australian plan to ‘contain’ Asian bee slammed

Australian experts say an Indonesian strain of the Asian bee could wipe out two-thirds of Australia’s food supply.

And they have slammed the federal government’s decision to try and contain, rather than eradicate the Asian bee.

The bee, currently contained in the Cairns area, could wipe out the European honey bee—which pollinates about 65 percent of Australia’s food crops—reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Department of Agriculture says eradication ‘is no longer technically feasible.’

Researchers say the Asian bee has seen hive numbers fall below 40 percent in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.


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