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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748595/genes-important-for-survival-or-reproduction-in-varroa-destructor-identified-by-rnai
#1
Zachary Y Huang, Guowu Bian, Zhiyong Xi, Xianbing Xie
The Varroa mite, (Varroa destructor), is the worst threat to honey bee health worldwide. To explore the possibility of using RNAi to control this pest, we determined the effects of knocking down various genes on Varroa mite survival and reproduction. Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) of six candidate genes (Da, Pros26S, RpL8, RpL11, RpP0 and RpS13) were synthesized and each injected into Varroa mites, then mite survival and reproduction were assessed. Injection of dsRNA for Da (Daughterless) and Pros26S (Proteasome 26S subunit ATPase) caused a significant reduction in mite survival, with 3...
July 27, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748336/continuous-release-of-oregano-oil-effectively-and-safely-controls-varroa-destructor-infestations-in-honey-bee-colonies-in-a-northern-climate
#2
Qodratollah Sabahi, Hanan Gashout, Paul G Kelly, Ernesto Guzman-Novoa
The ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor is responsible for the death of millions of honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies worldwide. Testing potential miticide compounds with different delivery methods that effectively control V. destructor and have low toxicity for honey bees is crucial to manage this parasite in hives. We determined the varroacide efficacy of three natural compounds delivered to hives with three application methods over a 4-week period. Oxalic acid in a sucrose solution was applied impregnated in cardboard (T1)...
July 26, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743669/relative-abundance-of-deformed-wing-virus-varroa-destructor-virus-1-and-their-recombinants-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera-assessed-by-kmer-analysis-of-public-rna-seq-data
#3
Robert Scott Cornman
Deformed wing virus (DWV) is a major pathogen of concern to apiculture, and recent reports have indicated the local predominance and potential virulence of recombinants between DWV and a related virus, Varroa destructor virus 1 (VDV). However, little is known about the frequency and titer of VDV and recombinants relative to DWV generally. In this study, I assessed the relative occurrence and titer of DWV and VDV in public RNA-seq accessions of honey bee using a rapid, kmer-based approach. Three recombinant types were detectable graphically and corroborated by de novo assembly...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740210/elucidating-the-mechanisms-underlying-the-beneficial-health-effects-of-dietary-pollen-on-honey-bees-apis-mellifera-infested-by-varroa-mite-ectoparasites
#4
Desiderato Annoscia, Virginia Zanni, David Galbraith, Anna Quirici, Christina Grozinger, Renzo Bortolomeazzi, Francesco Nazzi
Parasites and pathogens of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) are key factors underlying colony losses, which are threatening the beekeeping industry and agriculture as a whole. To control the spread and development of pathogen infections within the colony, honey bees use plant resins with antibiotic activity, but little is known about the properties of other substances, that are mainly used as a foodstuff, for controlling possible diseases both at the individual and colony level. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that pollen is beneficial for honey bees challenged with the parasitic mite Varroa destructor associated to the Deformed Wing Virus...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717953/evaluation-of-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-flumethrin-275-mg-bee-hive-strips-polyvar-yellow-%C3%A2-against-varroa-destructor-in-naturally-infested-honey-bee-colonies-in-a-controlled-study
#5
Tjeerd Blacquière, Gertraut Altreuther, Klemens J Krieger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 17, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686745/protocols-for-the-delivery-of-small-molecules-to-the-two-spotted-spider-mite-tetranychus-urticae
#6
Takeshi Suzuki, María Urizarna España, Maria Andreia Nunes, Vladimir Zhurov, Wannes Dermauw, Masahiro Osakabe, Thomas Van Leeuwen, Miodrag Grbic, Vojislava Grbic
The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, is a chelicerate herbivore with an extremely wide host range and an extraordinary ability to develop pesticide resistance. Due to its responsiveness to natural and synthetic xenobiotics, the spider mite is becoming a prime pest herbivore model for studies of the evolution of host range, plant-herbivore interactions and mechanisms of xenobiotic resistance. The spider mite genome has been sequenced and its transcriptional responses to developmental and various biotic and abiotic cues have been documented...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686725/persistence-of-subclinical-deformed-wing-virus-infections-in-honeybees-following-varroa-mite-removal-and-a-bee-population-turnover
#7
Barbara Locke, Emilia Semberg, Eva Forsgren, Joachim R de Miranda
Deformed wing virus (DWV) is a lethal virus of honeybees (Apis mellifera) implicated in elevated colony mortality rates worldwide and facilitated through vector transmission by the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor. Clinical, symptomatic DWV infections are almost exclusively associated with high virus titres during pupal development, usually acquired through feeding by Varroa mites when reproducing on bee pupae. Control of the mite population, generally through acaricide treatment, is essential for breaking the DWV epidemic and minimizing colony losses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684976/use-of-costic-acid-a-natural-extract-from-dittrichia-viscosa-for-the-control-of-varroa-destructor-a-parasite-of-the-european-honey-bee
#8
Kalliopi Sofou, Demosthenis Isaakidis, Apostolos Spyros, Anita Büttner, Athanassios Giannis, Haralambos E Katerinopoulos
Costic acid has been isolated from the plant Dittrichia viscosa and its efficacy against Varroa destructor, a parasite of Apis mellifera, the European honey bee, has been studied. Costic acid exhibited potent in vivo acaricidal activity against the parasite. Initial experiments showed that the compound is not toxic for human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) at concentrations of up to 230 micromolar (μM), indicating that costic acid could be used as a safe, low-cost and efficient agent for controlling varroosis in honey bee colonies...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679151/non-target-evaluation-of-contaminants-in-honey-bees-and-pollen-samples-by-gas-chromatography-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#9
E Hakme, A Lozano, M M Gómez-Ramos, M D Hernando, A R Fernández-Alba
This work presents a non-targeted screening approach for the detection and quantitation of contaminants in bees and pollen, collected from the same hive, by GC-EI-ToF-MS. It consists of a spectral library datasets search using a compound database followed by a manual investigation and analytical standard confirmation together with semi-quantitation purposes. Over 20% of the compounds found automatically by the library search could not be confirmed manually. This number of false positive detections was mainly a consequence of an inadequate ion ratio criterion (±30%), not considered in the automatic searching procedure...
October 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663694/the-effects-of-clove-oil-on-the-enzyme-activity-of-varroa-destructor-anderson-and-trueman-arachnida-acari-varroidae
#10
Li Li, Zhe-Guang Lin, Shuai Wang, Xiao-Ling Su, Hong-Ri Gong, Hong-Liang Li, Fu-Liang Hu, Huo-Qing Zheng
Varroa destructor, a key biotic threat to the Western honey bee, has played a major role in colony losses over the past few years worldwide. Overuse of traditional acaricides, such as tau-fluvalinate and flumethrin, on V. destructor has only increased its tolerance to them. Therefore, the application of essential oils in place of traditional pesticides is an attractive alternative, as demonstrated by its high efficiency, lack of residue and tolerance resistance. To study the acaricidal activity of essential oils, we used clove oil (Syzygium aromaticum L...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663693/fertility-and-reproductive-rate-of-varroa-mite-varroa-destructor-in-native-and-exotic-honeybee-apis-mellifera-l-colonies-under-saudi-arabia-conditions
#11
Yehya Alattal, Ahmad AlGhamdi, Arif Single, Mohammad Javed Ansari, Hussien Alkathiri
Varroa mite is the most destructive pest to bee colonies worldwide. In Saudi Arabia, preliminary data indicated high infestation levels in the exotic honeybee colonies; such as Apis mellifera carnica and Apis mellifera ligustica, compared to native honeybee subspecies Apis mellifera jemenitica, which may imply higher tolerance to Varroasis. In this study, fertility and reproductive rate of Varroa mite, Varroa destructor, in capped brood cells of the native honeybee subspecies were investigated and compared with an exotic honeybee subspecies, A...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643431/a-study-of-the-origin-of-chloramphenicol-isomers-in-honey
#12
Dmytro Yanovych, Bjorn Berendsen, Zvenyslava Zasadna, Mariana Rydchuk, Tobias Czymai
Due to the unexpected detection of chloramphenicol isomer residues in honey, we have studied the hypothesis of unauthorized or unintended use of unregistered veterinary drug preparations. First we have investigated honey samples in which a discrepancy was observed between the results of the immunological screening methods and the confirmatory LC-MS/MS method. In all samples, previously identified to be contaminated with the banned antibiotic chloramphenicol according to LC-MS/MS only, the presence of dextramycin (SS-para isomer of chloramphenicol) was detected by chiral LC-MS/MS...
June 22, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622341/hygienic-and-grooming-behaviors-in-african-and-european-honeybees-new-damage-categories-in-varroa-destructor
#13
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/28595898/transcriptional-signatures-of-parasitization-and-markers-of-colony-decline-in-varroa-infested-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#14
Virginia Zanni, David A Galbraith, Desiderato Annoscia, Christina M Grozinger, Francesco Nazzi
Extensive annual losses of honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera L.) reported in the northern hemisphere represent a global problem for agriculture and biodiversity. The parasitic mite Varroa destructor, in association with deformed wing virus (DWV), plays a key role in this phenomenon, but the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. To elucidate these mechanisms, we analyzed the gene expression profile of uninfested and mite infested bees, under laboratory and field conditions, highlighting the effects of parasitization on the bee's transcriptome under a variety of conditions and scenarios...
June 5, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540471/genetic-characterization-of-the-honeybee-ectoparasitic-mite-varroa-destructor-from-benin-west-africa-using-mitochondrial-and-microsatellite-markers
#15
Aude E Kelomey, Armand Paraiso, Haziz Sina, Hélène Legout, Lionel Garnery, Lamine Baba-Moussa
Varroa destructor is one of the scourges of global beekeeping. It was detected for the first time in Benin in 2011 on the honeybee Apis mellifera adansonii. The aim of this study was to identify the strain of Varroa sp. found and study its genetic diversity. In total 183 Varroa mites were sampled in 21 municipalities in Benin. The COI intergenic region of each mite mtDNA was amplified by PCR. The SacI restriction enzyme was used to determine the strains of Varroa sp. Only the Korean (K) haplotype, identical to the most prevalent strain in Africa, was detected...
May 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515299/a-diverse-range-of-novel-rna-viruses-in-geographically-distinct-honey-bee-populations
#16
Emily J Remnant, Mang Shi, Gabriele Buchmann, Tjeerd Blacquière, Edward C Holmes, Madeleine Beekman, Alyson Ashe
Understanding the diversity and consequences of viruses present in honey bees is critical to maintain pollinator health and manage the spread of disease. The viral landscape of honey bees (Apis mellifera) has changed dramatically since the emergence of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, which increased the spread of virulent variants of viruses such as Deformed wing virus. Previous genomic studies have focused on colonies suffering from Varroa and virulent viruses, which could mask other viral species present in honey bees, resulting in a distorted view of viral diversity...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486589/are-dispersal-mechanisms-changing-the-host-parasite-relationship-and-increasing-the-virulence-of-varroa-destructor-mesostigmata-varroidae-in-managed-honey-bee-hymenoptera-apidae-colonies
#17
Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, Fabiana Ahumada, Henry Graham
Varroa (Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman) are a serious pest of European honey bees (Apis mellifera L.), and difficult to control in managed colonies. In our 11-mo longitudinal study, we applied multiple miticide treatments, yet mite numbers remained high and colony losses exceeded 55%. High mortality from varroa in managed apiaries is a departure from the effects of the mite in feral colonies where bees and varroa can coexist. Differences in mite survival strategies and dispersal mechanisms may be contributing factors...
May 9, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468244/propolis-counteracts-some-threats-to-honey-bee-health
#18
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Michael Simone-Finstrom, Renata S Borba, Michael Wilson, Marla Spivak
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are constantly dealing with threats from pathogens, pests, pesticides and poor nutrition. It is critically important to understand how honey bees' natural immune responses (individual immunity) and collective behavioral defenses (social immunity) can improve bee health and productivity. One form of social immunity in honey bee colonies is the collection of antimicrobial plant resins and their use in the nest architecture as propolis. We review research on the constitutive benefits of propolis on the honey bee immune system, and its known therapeutic, colony-level effects against the pathogens Paenibacillus larvae and Ascosphaera apis...
April 29, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460743/risk-factors-for-the-presence-of-deformed-wing-virus-and-acute-bee-paralysis-virus-under-temperate-and-subtropical-climate-in-argentinian-bee-colonies
#19
Ana Molineri, Agostina Giacobino, Adriana Pacini, Natalia Bulacio Cagnolo, Norberto Fondevila, Cecilia Ferrufino, Julieta Merke, Emanuel Orellano, Ezequiel Bertozzi, Germán Masciángelo, Hernán Pietronave, Marcelo Signorini
Beekeepers all across the world are suffering important losses of their colonies, and the parasitic mites Varroa destructor and Nosema sp, as well as several bee viruses, are being pointed out as the possible causes of these losses, generally associated with environmental and management factors. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the presence of seven virus species (Deformed wing virus -DWV-, Acute bee paralysis virus -ABPV-, Chronic bee paralysis virus -CBPV-, Black queen cell virus -BQCV-, Kashmir bee virus -KBV-, Israeli acute bee paralysis virus -IAPV-, and Sacbrood bee virus -SBV), as well as the prevalence of Nosema sp...
May 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449942/prevalence-of-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-viruses-in-temperate-and-subtropical-regions-from-argentina
#20
Ana I Molineri, Adriana Pacini, Agostina Giacobino, Natalia Bulacio-Cagnolo, Andrea Aignasse, Luis Zago, Norberto Fondevila, Cecilia Ferrufino, Julieta Merke, Emanuel Orellano, Ezequiel Bertozzi, Hernán Pietronave, Marcelo L Signorini
In Argentina, bee virus studies are still incipient, and there are no studies regarding the climatic effect. The aim of this study was to assess and compare the presence of honeybee viruses in different climatic regions from Argentina. A total of 385 colonies distributed in five Argentinean eco-regions were examined to evaluate the percentage of infestation with Varroa destructor and the presence of seven virus species (Deformed wing virus, DWV; Acute bee paralysis virus, ABPV; Chronic bee paralysis virus, CBPV; Black queen cell virus, BQCV; Kashmer bee virus, KBV; Israeli acute bee paralysis virus, IAPV; and Sacbrood bee virus, SBV) after honey yield...
April 24, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
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