The International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS) is excited to help support honey bee research! Jody Gerdts was awarded a travel fellowship to study Varroa tolerance selection techniques with some key bee labs in the United States in July-August 2019. The goal of this project is to learn about traits and selection methods instrumental in helping bees defend themselves against Varroa mites. Upon returning to Australia we will adapt the techniques to the Australian beekeeping industry. Hopefully better preparing ourselves for winning the Varroa battle.