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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095337/environment-or-beekeeping-management-what-explains-better-the-prevalence-of-honey-bee-colonies-with-high-levels-of-varroa-destructor
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Agostina Giacobino, Adriana Pacini, Ana Molineri, N Bulacio Cagnolo, J Merke, E Orellano, E Bertozzi, G Masciangelo, H Pietronave, M Signorini
Varroa destructor is one of the major threats to honey bee colonies. The mite abundance in the colonies is affected by environmental conditions as well as by beekeeping management. The aim of this study was to recognize the main drivers associated with autumn V. destructor infestation in honey bee colonies when different regions from Argentina are compared. A total of 361 colonies distributed in five Argentinean eco-regions were examined to evaluate Varroa mite infestation rate during autumn and Nosema sp. presence...
January 6, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081188/effect-of-varroa-destructor-wounding-and-varroa-homogenate-on-gene-expression-in-brood-and-adult-honey-bees
#2
Gun Koleoglu, Paul H Goodwin, Mariana Reyes-Quintana, Mollah Md Hamiduzzaman, Ernesto Guzman-Novoa
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) gene expression related to immunity for hymenoptaecin (AmHym) and defensin-1 (AmDef-1), longevity for vitellogenin (AmVit2) and stem cell proliferation for poly U binding factor 68 kDa (AmPuf68) was compared following Varroa destructor parasitism, buffer injection and injection of V. destructor compounds in its homogenate. In adults, V. destructor parasitism decreased expression of all four genes, while buffer injection decreased expression of AmHym, AmPuf68 and AmVit2, and homogenate injection decreased expression of AmPuf68 and AmVit2 but increased expression of AmDef-1 relative to their respective controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032102/evaluation-of-oxalic-acid-treatments-against-the-mite-varroa-destructor-and-secondary-effects-on-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#3
Noureddine Adjlane, El-Ounass Tarek, Nizar Haddad
BACKGROUND: The Varroa destructor varroasis is a very serious parasite of honeybee Apis mellifera. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Varroa treatment using organic acid (oxalic acid) in Algeria identifying its side effects on bee colonies. METHODS: Treatment was conducted in one apiary consisting 30 colonies kept in Langstroth hives kind. Oxalic acid dripped directly on bees 5ml of this solution of oxalic acid per lane occupied by a syringe...
December 2016: Journal of Arthropod-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028168/acute-exposure-to-worst-case-concentrations-of-amitraz-does-not-affect-honey-bee-learning-short-term-memory-or-hemolymph-octopamine-levels
#4
Rachel R Rix, G Christopher Cutler
Amitraz, an acaricide used to treat Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman, is one of the most commonly detected pesticides in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) hives. Acaricides sometimes negatively impact honey bee cognition, but potential effects of amitraz on honey bee learning have been rarely studied. We topically exposed foragers to 95th percentile field-relevant levels of amitraz and, 24 h later, tested the ability of bees to associate a sucrose reward with a conditioned odor (learning response) using the proboscis extension response (PER)...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006002/unbiased-rna-shotgun-metagenomics-in-social-and-solitary-wild-bees-detects-associations-with-eukaryote-parasites-and-new-viruses
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Karel Schoonvaere, Lina De Smet, Guy Smagghe, Andy Vierstraete, Bart P Braeckman, Dirk C de Graaf
The diversity of eukaryote organisms and viruses associated with wild bees remains poorly characterized in contrast to the well-documented pathosphere of the western honey bee, Apis mellifera. Using a deliberate RNA shotgun metagenomic sequencing strategy in combination with a dedicated bioinformatics workflow, we identified the (micro-)organisms and viruses associated with two bumble bee hosts, Bombus terrestris and Bombus pascuorum, and two solitary bee hosts, Osmia cornuta and Andrena vaga. Ion Torrent semiconductor sequencing generated approximately 3...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002470/sepsis-and-hemocyte-loss-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera-infected-with-serratia-marcescens-strain-sicaria
#6
Nancy L Burritt, Nicole J Foss, Eric C Neeno-Eckwall, James O Church, Anna M Hilger, Jacob A Hildebrand, David M Warshauer, Nicole T Perna, James B Burritt
Global loss of honey bee colonies is threatening the human food supply. Diverse pathogens reduce honey bee hardiness needed to sustain colonies, especially in winter. We isolated a free-living Gram negative bacillus from hemolymph of worker honey bees (Apis mellifera) found separated from winter clusters. In some hives, greater than 90% of the dying bees detached from the winter cluster were found to contain this bacterium in their hemolymph. Throughout the year, the same organism was rarely found in bees engaged in normal hive activities, but was detected in about half of Varroa destructor mites obtained from colonies that housed the septic bees...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942015/varroa-destructor-mites-can-nimbly-climb-from-flowers-onto-foraging-honey-bees
#7
David T Peck, Michael L Smith, Thomas D Seeley
Varroa destructor, the introduced parasite of European honey bees associated with massive colony deaths, spreads readily through populations of honey bee colonies, both managed colonies living crowded together in apiaries and wild colonies living widely dispersed in natural settings. Mites are hypothesized to spread between most managed colonies via phoretically riding forager bees when they engage in robbing colonies or they drift between hives. However, widely spaced wild colonies show Varroa infestation despite limited opportunities for robbing and little or no drifting of bees between colonies...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886770/multiresidue-method-for-trace-pesticide-analysis-in-honeybee-wax-comb-by-gc-qqq-ms
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M D Gil García, S Uclés Duque, A B Lozano Fernández, A Sosa, A R Fernández-Alba
The aim of this analytical study is to develop an improved multi-residue methodology of high sensitivity and expanded scope for pesticide residue analysis in honeybee wax combs. The method was validated for 160 pesticide residues (including acaricides, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides) gas chromatography amenable and covering a wide variety of polarity and chemical structure. This method of analysis applied gas chromatography coupled to a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer for the quantitative analysis of pesticide residues...
January 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883042/two-novel-viruses-associated-with-the-apis-mellifera-pathogenic-mite-varroa-destructor
#9
Sofia Levin, Noa Sela, Nor Chejanovsky
Varroa destructor infestation of Apis mellifera colonies carries and/or promotes replication of honey bee viruses like the Deformed wing virus, the Varroa destructor virus-1, the Acute bee paralysis virus, the Israeli acute bee paralysis virus and the Kashmir bee virus that have been well described and characterized; but viruses exclusively associated with Varroa were not found. To look for viruses that may associate with- or infect V. destructor we performed deep sequencing (RNA-seq) of RNA extracted from honey bees and mites in Varroa-infested untreated colonies...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852845/honey-bee-deformed-wing-virus-structures-reveal-that-conformational-changes-accompany-genome-release
#10
Lindsey J Organtini, Kristin L Shingler, Robert E Ashley, Elizabeth A Capaldi, Kulsoom Durrani, Kelly A Dryden, Alexander M Makhov, James F Conway, Marie C Pizzorno, Susan Hafenstein
: The picornavirus-like deformed wing virus (DWV) has been directly linked to colony collapse; however, little is known about the mechanisms of host attachment or entry for DWV or its molecular and structural details. Here we report the three-dimensional (3-D) structures of DWV capsids isolated from infected honey bees, including the immature procapsid, the genome-filled virion, the putative entry intermediate (A-particle), and the empty capsid that remains after genome release. The capsids are decorated by large spikes around the 5-fold vertices...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852222/differential-gene-expression-in-varroa-jacobsoni-mites-following-a-host-shift-to-european-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#11
Gladys K Andino, Michael Gribskov, Denis L Anderson, Jay D Evans, Greg J Hunt
BACKGROUND: Varroa mites are widely considered the biggest honey bee health problem worldwide. Until recently, Varroa jacobsoni has been found to live and reproduce only in Asian honey bee (Apis cerana) colonies, while V. destructor successfully reproduces in both A. cerana and A. mellifera colonies. However, we have identified an island population of V. jacobsoni that is highly destructive to A. mellifera, the primary species used for pollination and honey production. The ability of these populations of mites to cross the host species boundary potentially represents an enormous threat to apiculture, and is presumably due to genetic variation that exists among populations of V...
November 16, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829027/effect-of-1-3-1-6-%C3%AE-glucan-on-natural-and-experimental-deformed-wing-virus-infection-in-newly-emerged-honeybees-apis-mellifera-ligustica
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Maurizio Mazzei, Baldassare Fronte, Simona Sagona, Maria Luisa Carrozza, Mario Forzan, Federica Pizzurro, Carlo Bibbiani, Vincenzo Miragliotta, Francesca Abramo, Francesca Millanta, Marco Bagliacca, Alessandro Poli, Antonio Felicioli
The Western Honeybee is a key pollinator for natural as well as agricultural ecosystems. In the last decade massive honeybee colony losses have been observed worldwide, the result of a complex syndrome triggered by multiple stress factors, with the RNA virus Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) and the mite Varroa destructor playing crucial roles. The mite supports replication of DWV to high titers, which exert an immunosuppressive action and correlate with the onset of the disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of 1,3-1,6 β-glucan, a natural innate immune system modulator, on honeybee response to low-titer natural and high-titer experimental DWV infection...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812229/fine-scale-population-genetic-structure-of-varroa-destructor-an-ectoparasitic-mite-of-the-honey-bee-apis-mellifera
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Travis L Dynes, Jacobus C De Roode, Justine I Lyons, Jennifer A Berry, Keith S Delaplane, Berry J Brosi
Varroa destructor is an obligate ectoparasitic mite and the most important biotic threat currently facing honey bees (Apis mellifera). We used neutral microsatellites to analyze previously unreported fine scale population structure of V. destructor, a species characterized by extreme lack of genetic diversity owing to multiple bottleneck events, haplodiploidy, and primarily brother-sister matings. Our results surprisingly indicate that detectable hierarchical genetic variation exists between apiaries, between colonies within an apiary, and even within colonies...
2016: Apidologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812228/distance-between-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-colonies-regulates-populations-of-varroa-destructor-at-a-landscape-scale
#14
Maxcy P Nolan, Keith S Delaplane
Inter-colony distance of Apis mellifera significantly affects colony numbers of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. We set up 15 apiaries, each consisting of two colonies. Each apiary pair was assigned an inter-colony distance of 0, 10, or 100 m. Colonies were rendered nearly mite-free, then one colony in each pair was seeded with 300 female mites (mite-donor colony), while the other remained uninoculated (mite-recipient colony). After four months of monitoring, a whole model analysis showed that apiaries in which colonies were spaced 100 m apart contained lower average mite numbers than 0 m or 10 m apiaries...
2016: Apidologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792333/synthesis-of-enantiopure-alicyclic-ethers-and-their-activity-on-the-chemosensory-organ-of-the-ectoparasite-of-honey-bees-varroa-destructor
#15
Govardhana R Pinnelli, Nitin K Singh, Victoria Soroker, Erika Plettner
The preparation of enantiopure conformationally restricted alicyclic ethers and their inhibitory activities on the chemosensory organ of the Varroa destructor, a parasite of honey bees, are reported in this article. We tested the effect of enantiopure ethers of cis-5-(2'-hydroxyethyl)cyclopent-2-en-1-ol on the Varroa chemosensory organ by electrophysiology, for their ability to inhibit the responses to two honey bee-produced odors that are important for the mite to locate its host: nurse bee head space odor and (E)-β-ocimene, a honey bee brood pheromone...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769283/behavioral-and-molecular-studies-of-quantitative-differences-in-hygienic-behavior-in-honeybees
#16
Tanja Gempe, Silke Stach, Kaspar Bienefeld, Marianne Otte, Martin Beye
BACKGROUND: Hygienic behavior (HB) enables honeybees to tolerate parasites, including infection with the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, and it is a well-known example of a quantitative genetic trait. The understanding of the molecular processes underpinning the quantitative differences in this behavior remains limited. RESULTS: We performed gene expression studies in worker bees that displayed quantitative genetic differences in HB. We established a high and low genetic source of HB performance and studied the engagements into HB of single worker bees under the same environmental conditions...
October 21, 2016: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730366/changes-in-the-bacteriome-of-honey-bees-associated-with-the-parasite-varroa-destructor-and-pathogens-nosema-and-lotmaria-passim
#17
Jan Hubert, Martina Bicianova, Ondrej Ledvinka, Martin Kamler, Philip J Lester, Marta Nesvorna, Jan Kopecky, Tomas Erban
The honey bee, Apis mellifera, is a globally important species that suffers from a variety of pathogens and parasites. These parasites and pathogens may have sublethal effects on their bee hosts via an array of mechanisms, including through a change in symbiotic bacterial taxa. Our aim was to assess the influence of four globally widespread parasites and pathogens on the honey bee bacteriome. We examined the effects of the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor, the fungal pathogens Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae, and the trypanosome Lotmaria passim...
October 11, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27727312/importance-of-ecological-factors-and-colony-handling-for-optimizing-health-status-of-apiaries-in-mediterranean-ecosystems
#18
Irene Asensio, Marina Vicente-Rubiano, María Jesús Muñoz, Eduardo Fernández-Carrión, José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, Matilde Carballo
We analyzed six apiaries in several natural environments with a Mediterranean ecosystem in Madrid, central Spain, in order to understand how landscape and management characteristics may influence apiary health and bee production in the long term. We focused on five criteria (habitat quality, landscape heterogeneity, climate, management and health), as well as 30 subcriteria, and we used the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) to rank them according to relevance. Habitat quality proved to have the highest relevance, followed by beehive management...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713534/moku-virus-a-new-iflavirus-found-in-wasps-honey-bees-and-varroa
#19
Gideon J Mordecai, Laura E Brettell, Purnima Pachori, Ethel M Villalobos, Stephen J Martin, Ian M Jones, Declan C Schroeder
There is an increasing global trend of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) affecting a wide range of species, including honey bees. The global epidemic of the single stranded RNA Deformed wing virus (DWV), driven by the spread of Varroa destructor has been well documented. However, DWV is just one of many insect RNA viruses which infect a wide range of hosts. Here we report the full genome sequence of a novel Iflavirus named Moku virus (MV), discovered in the social wasp Vespula pensylvanica collected in Hawaii...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706787/effects-of-varroa-destructor-on-temperature-and-humidity-conditions-and-expression-of-energy-metabolism-genes-in-infested-honeybee-colonies
#20
C S Hou, B B Li, S Deng, Q Y Diao
Varroa destructor mites pose an increasing global threat to the apicultural industry and agricultural ecology; however, the issue of whether certain environmental factors reflect the level of mite infection is far from resolved. Here, a wireless sensor network (WSN) system was used to examine how V. destructor, which has vital impacts on honeybee (Apis mellifera) health and survival, affects the temperature and humidity of honeybee hives in a field experiment. This approach may facilitate early identification of V...
September 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
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