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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645084/application-of-the-combination-index-ci-isobologram-equation-to-research-the-toxicological-interactions-of-clothianidin-thiamethoxam-and-dinotefuran-in-honeybee-apis-mellifera
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Yanmei Liu, Sihong Liu, Hui Zhang, Yanping Gu, Xuesheng Li, Mingyuan He, Huihua Tan
Due to complex pest control scenarios and the needs of agricultural production, different neonicotinoids may be used in certain agricultural applications. Consequently, honeybees may be exposed to these substances through distribution throughout plant tissues via the vascular system through several pathways, such as surface water, the exudates excreted from plants, and air pollution via drift of dust as well as contaminated pollen and nectar. In the current study, the single and combined toxicity of clothianidin, dinotefuran, and thiamethoxam to honeybees was examined after 48 h exposure by the acute oral method and combination index (CI)-isobologram equation...
June 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643881/virucides-in-apiculture-persistence-of-surrogate-enterovirus-under-simulated-field-conditions
#2
Jana Prodělalová, Hana Malenovská, Romana Moutelíková, Dalibor Titěra
BACKGROUND: Honeybee viruses were recognized among the most important factors leading to colony losses worldwide. Colony food and faeces were regarded as possible source of infectious viruses able to contaminate environment and equipment of apiaries. Thus, methods for elimination of viruses are required. No cell culture assay for testing the effect of disinfectants on honeybee viruses is available yet. Therefore, surrogate virus was employed for testing of iodophor- and peracetic acid-based disinfectants efficacy in combination with six organic contaminants at +6 °C and +22 °C...
June 23, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640825/olfactory-learning-without-the-mushroom-bodies-spiking-neural-network-models-of-the-honeybee-lateral-antennal-lobe-tract-reveal-its-capacities-in-odour-memory-tasks-of-varied-complexities
#3
HaDi MaBouDi, Hideaki Shimazaki, Martin Giurfa, Lars Chittka
The honeybee olfactory system is a well-established model for understanding functional mechanisms of learning and memory. Olfactory stimuli are first processed in the antennal lobe, and then transferred to the mushroom body and lateral horn through dual pathways termed medial and lateral antennal lobe tracts (m-ALT and l-ALT). Recent studies reported that honeybees can perform elemental learning by associating an odour with a reward signal even after lesions in m-ALT or blocking the mushroom bodies. To test the hypothesis that the lateral pathway (l-ALT) is sufficient for elemental learning, we modelled local computation within glomeruli in antennal lobes with axons of projection neurons connecting to a decision neuron (LHN) in the lateral horn...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634639/the-curious-case-of-achromobacter-eurydice-a-gram-variable-pleomorphic-bacterium-associated-with-european-foulbrood-disease-in-honeybees
#4
REVIEW
Silvio Erler, Oleg Lewkowski, Anja Poehlein, Eva Forsgren
Honeybees are prone to parasite and pathogen infestations/infections due to their social colony life. Bacterial pathogens in particular lead to destructive infections of the brood. European foulbrood is caused by the bacterium Melissococcus plutonius in combination with several other Gram-positive bacteria (Achromobacter eurydice, Bacillus pumilus, Brevibacillus laterosporus, Enterococcus faecalis, Paenibacillus alvei, Paenibacillus dendritiformis) involved as secondary invaders following the initial infection...
June 21, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630407/colony-adaptive-response-to-simulated-heat-waves-and-consequences-at-the-individual-level-in-honeybees-apis-mellifera
#5
Célia Bordier, Hélène Dechatre, Séverine Suchail, Mathilde Peruzzi, Samuel Soubeyrand, Maryline Pioz, Michel Pélissier, Didier Crauser, Yves Le Conte, Cédric Alaux
Since climate change is expected to bring more severe and frequent extreme weather events such as heat waves, assessing the physiological and behavioural sensitivity of organisms to temperature becomes a priority. We therefore investigated the responses of honeybees, an important insect pollinator, to simulated heat waves (SHW). Honeybees are known to maintain strict brood thermoregulation, but the consequences at the colony and individual levels remain poorly understood. For the first time, we quantified and modelled colony real-time activity and found a 70% increase in foraging activity with SHW, which was likely due to the recruitment of previously inactive bees...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625889/massive-attack-of-honeybee-on-macaws-ara-ararauna-and-ara-chloropterus-in-brazil-a-case-report
#6
Elisane Lenita Milbradt, Tarcísio Macedo Silva, Alessandre Hataka, Carlos Roberto Teixeira, Adriano Sakai Okamoto, Raphael Lucio Andreatti Filho
Three adult birds of the species Ara chloropterus and five of the species Ara ararauna from a conservation breeding facility suffered a massive attack by honeybees. The A. chloropterus birds presented swollen puncture lesions with stingers (mainly in the facial regions without feathers), swelling of the eyelids and subcutaneous tissue, and respiratory distress, and they were treated with intramuscular injections of 1.67 mg/kg of promethazine and 10 mg/kg of hydrocortisone followed by removal of the stingers...
June 15, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622341/hygienic-and-grooming-behaviors-in-african-and-european-honeybees-new-damage-categories-in-varroa-destructor
#7
Beatrice T Nganso, Ayuka T Fombong, Abdullahi A Yusuf, Christian W W Pirk, Charles Stuhl, Baldwyn Torto
Varroa destructor is an ectoparasitic pest of honeybees, and a threat to the survival of the apiculture industry. Several studies have shown that unlike European honeybees, African honeybee populations appear to be minimally affected when attacked by this mite. However, little is known about the underlying drivers contributing to survival of African honeybee populations against the mite. We hypothesized that resistant behavioral defenses are responsible for the survival of African honeybees against the ectoparasite...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618584/model-of-the-best-of-n-nest-site-selection-process-in-honeybees
#8
Andreagiovanni Reina, James A R Marshall, Vito Trianni, Thomas Bose
The ability of a honeybee swarm to select the best nest site plays a fundamental role in determining the future colony's fitness. To date, the nest-site selection process has mostly been modeled and theoretically analyzed for the case of binary decisions. However, when the number of alternative nests is larger than two, the decision-process dynamics qualitatively change. In this work, we extend previous analyses of a value-sensitive decision-making mechanism to a decision process among N nests. First, we present the decision-making dynamics in the symmetric case of N equal-quality nests...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615472/neuronal-circadian-clock-protein-oscillations-are-similar-in-behaviourally-rhythmic-forager-honeybees-and-in-arrhythmic-nurses
#9
T Fuchikawa, K Beer, C Linke-Winnebeck, R Ben-David, A Kotowoy, V W K Tsang, G R Warman, E C Winnebeck, C Helfrich-Förster, G Bloch
Internal clocks driving rhythms of about a day (circadian) are ubiquitous in animals, allowing them to anticipate environmental changes. Genetic or environmental disturbances to circadian clocks or the rhythms they produce are commonly associated with illness, compromised performance or reduced survival. Nevertheless, some animals including Arctic mammals, open sea fish and social insects such as honeybees are active around-the-clock with no apparent ill effects. The mechanisms allowing this remarkable natural plasticity are unknown...
June 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598383/the-biology-and-control-of-the-greater-wax-moth-galleria-mellonella
#10
REVIEW
Charles A Kwadha, George O Ong'amo, Paul N Ndegwa, Suresh K Raina, Ayuka T Fombong
The greater wax moth, Galleria mellonella Linnaeus, is a ubiquitous pest of the honeybee, Apis mellifera Linnaeus, and Apis cerana Fabricius. The greater wax moth larvae burrow into the edge of unsealed cells with pollen, bee brood, and honey through to the midrib of honeybee comb. Burrowing larvae leave behind masses of webs which causes galleriasis and later absconding of colonies. The damage caused by G. mellonella larvae is severe in tropical and sub-tropical regions, and is believed to be one of the contributing factors to the decline in both feral and wild honeybee populations...
June 9, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593544/the-environmental-risks-of-neonicotinoid-pesticides-a-review-of-the-evidence-post-2013
#11
Thomas James Wood, Dave Goulson
Neonicotinoid pesticides were first introduced in the mid-1990s, and since then, their use has grown rapidly. They are now the most widely used class of insecticides in the world, with the majority of applications coming from seed dressings. Neonicotinoids are water-soluble, and so can be taken up by a developing plant and can be found inside vascular tissues and foliage, providing protection against herbivorous insects. However, only approximately 5% of the neonicotinoid active ingredient is taken up by crop plants and most instead disperses into the wider environment...
June 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588460/aversive-learning-of-colored-lights-in-walking-honeybees
#12
Nicholas H Kirkerud, Ulrike Schlegel, C Giovanni Galizia
The honeybee has been established as an important model organism in studies on visual learning. So far the emphasis has been on appetitive conditioning, simulating floral discrimination, and homing behavior, where bees perform exceptionally well in visual discrimination tasks. However, bees in the wild also face dangers, and recent findings suggest that what is learned about visual percepts is highly context dependent. A stimulus that follows an unpleasant period, is associated with the feeling of relief- or safety in humans and animals, thus acquiring a positive meaning...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573033/inducible-versus-constitutive-social-immunity-examining-effects-of-colony-infection-on-glucose-oxidase-and-defensin-1-production-in-honeybees
#13
Margarita M López-Uribe, Andrea Fitzgerald, Michael Simone-Finstrom
Honeybees use a variety of defence mechanisms to reduce disease infection and spread throughout the colony. Many of these defences rely on the collective action of multiple individuals to prevent, reduce or eradicate pathogens-often referred to as 'social immunity'. Glucose oxidase (GOX) and some antimicrobial peptides (e.g. defensin-1 or Def1) are secreted by the hypopharyngeal gland of adult bees on larval food for their antiseptic properties. Because workers secrete these compounds to protect larvae, they have been used as 'biomarkers' for social immunity...
May 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573019/sensitivity-of-commercial-pumpkin-yield-to-potential-decline-among-different-groups-of-pollinating-bees
#14
Sonja C Pfister, Philipp W Eckerter, Jens Schirmel, James E Cresswell, Martin H Entling
The yield of animal-pollinated crops is threatened by bee declines, but its precise sensitivity is poorly known. We therefore determined the yield dependence of Hokkaido pumpkin in Germany on insect pollination by quantifying: (i) the relationship between pollen receipt and fruit set and (ii) the cumulative pollen deposition of each pollinator group. We found that approximately 2500 pollen grains per flower were needed to maximize fruit set. At the measured rates of flower visitation, we estimated that bumblebees (21 visits/flower lifetime, 864 grains/visit) or honeybees (123 visits, 260 grains) could individually achieve maximum crop yield, whereas halictid bees are ineffective (11 visits, 16 grains)...
May 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572826/medical-benefits-of-honeybee-products
#15
EDITORIAL
José Maurício Sforcin, Vassya Bankova, Andrzej K Kuropatnicki
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572582/coordination-between-the-sexes-constrains-the-optimization-of-reproductive-timing-in-honey-bee-colonies
#16
Natalie J Lemanski, Nina H Fefferman
Honeybees are an excellent model system for examining how trade-offs shape reproductive timing in organisms with seasonal environments. Honeybee colonies reproduce two ways: producing swarms comprising a queen and thousands of workers or producing males (drones). There is an energetic trade-off between producing workers, which contribute to colony growth, and drones, which contribute only to reproduction. The timing of drone production therefore determines both the drones' likelihood of mating and when colonies reach sufficient size to swarm...
June 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570581/environmental-contaminants-of-honeybee-products-in-uganda-detected-using-lc-ms-ms-and-gc-ecd
#17
Deborah Ruth Amulen, Pieter Spanoghe, Michael Houbraken, Andrew Tamale, Dirk C de Graaf, Paul Cross, Guy Smagghe
Pollinator services and the development of beekeeping as a poverty alleviating tool have gained considerable focus in recent years in sub-Saharan Africa. An improved understanding of the pervasive environmental extent of agro-chemical contaminants is critical to the success of beekeeping development and the production of clean hive products. This study developed and validated a multi-residue method for screening 36 pesticides in honeybees, honey and beeswax using LC-MS/MS and GC-ECD. Of the 36 screened pesticides, 20 were detected...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560623/exposure-assessment-of-honeybees-through-study-of-hive-matrices-analysis-of-selected-pesticide-residues-in-honeybees-beebread-and-beeswax-from-french-beehives-by-lc-ms-ms
#18
Gaëlle Daniele, Barbara Giroud, Claire Jabot, Emmanuelle Vulliet
Apiculture and pollination services are seriously threatened by bee weakening and losses phenomena. In this context, a survey was performed on samples from beehives across French areas during the 2012-2016 growing seasons, primarily taken from symptomatic colonies. A total of 488 honeybees, beebread, and wax were analyzed for the presence of pesticide residues. A total of 13 analytes including neonicotinoids and pyrethroids insecticides together with some of their metabolites and the fungicide boscalid were screened within samples...
May 30, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552104/microsporidiosis-in-iran-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Roghayeh Ghoyounchi, Ehsan Ahmadpour, Adel Spotin, Mahmoud Mahami-Oskouei, Azim Rezamand, Nayyereh Aminisani, Morteza Ghojazadeh, Reza Berahmat, Tahereh Mikaeili-Galeh
OBJECTIVE: To examine all evidence about Microsporidia infection in vertebrate/invertebrate hosts and Iranian populations distributed in different regions of the country. METHODS: All published articles up to December 2015, including descriptive and cross-sectional studies related to the prevalence and genotyping of Microsporidia infection in Iran, was considered in this systematic review. The meta-analysis was done using the random-effects model and Stats Direct statistical software...
April 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547940/cytotoxic-activity-of-propolis-extracts-from-the-stingless-bee-trigona-sirindhornae-against-primary-and-metastatic-head-and-neck-cancer-cell-lines
#20
Kusumawadee Utispan, Bordin Chitkul, Sittichai Koontongkaew
Background: Propolis, a resinous substance produced by the honeybee, has a wide spectrum of potent biological activities. However, anti-cancer activity of propolis obtained from Trigona sirindhornae, a new species of stingless bee, has not yet been reported. This study concerned cytotoxicity of propolis extracts from T. sirindhornae against two head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines. Materials and Methods: A dichloromethane extract of propolis (DMEP) was prepared generating 3 fractions: DMEP-A, DMEP-B, and DMEP-C...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
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