At least since the successful petition for a referendum in Bavaria, our local honey bee has been regarded as a sympathetic symbol for the preservation of biodiversity. Because the campaign with the slogan “Save the Bees” has even prompted the conservative Bavarian government to change its thinking. After all, our world would soon look quite grey without the many insects that pollinate plants. In order to maintain the ecological balance, all animals need to be protected. But the bee has – besides the known reasons like climate change and intensive agriculture – to fight against a real enemy: the Varroa mite. This parasite, which originates from Southeast Asia, is another cause of domestic bee mortality.

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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.