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Partially Africanized bees found in Tennessee
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Tennessee’s first case of partially Africanized bees was confirmed through genetic testing last week in a colony belonging to a beekeeper in Monroe County.The colony has been depopulated and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is working with beekeepers in the area to determine if other bees could have been affected. State Apiarist Mike Studer says it is no surprise that partially Africanized bees have made their way to Tennessee considering they have already been found in other states such as Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida.“I’m actually surprised it’s just now happening. We have been expecting this for some time,” Studer said.