Bee population ups and downs

It appears the state's bee population is doing better despite pressure on the population in recent years.

Posted: Apr 20, 2018 9:02 AM

TUPELO, Miss.(WTVA) - It appears the state's bee population is doing better despite pressure on the population in recent years.

Experts at Mississippi State University say honey bees are the most important agricultural pollinator in the world.

But ongoing research and improvements have helped the bees make a comeback .

WTVA 9 News caught up with one local beekeeper who says there's still one pesky problem that researchers are working on preventing.

The Varroa mite.

"They're getting more technology and more ways to control it. So it's something that you really have to watch," explained Roger Hussey, a Lee County beekeeper

Experts say other things have also affected the bee population, such as insecticides.

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