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Deformed wing virus is a recent global epidemic in honeybees driven by Varroa mites

Wilfert, L, Long, G, Leggett, H, Schmid-hemple, P, Butlin, R, Martin, SJ and Boots, M 2016, 'Deformed wing virus is a recent global epidemic in honeybees driven by Varroa mites' , Science, 351 (6273) , pp. 594-597.

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Abstract

Deformed wing virus (DWV) and its vector, the mite Varroa destructor, are a major threat to the world’s honeybees. Although the impact of Varroa on colony-level DWV epidemiology is evident, we have little understanding of wider DWV epidemiology and the role that Varroa has played in its global spread. A phylogeographic analysis shows that DWV is globally distributed in honeybees, having recently spread from a common source, the European honeybee Apis mellifera. DWV exhibits epidemic growth and transmission that is predominantly mediated by European and North American honeybee populations and driven by trade and movement of honeybee colonies. DWV is now an important reemerging pathogen of honeybees, which are undergoing a worldwide manmade epidemic fueled by the direct transmission route that the Varroa mite provides.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the AAAS for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Science Vol. 351, Issue 6273, pp. 594-597 (2016) DOI: 10.1126/science.aac9976
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Science
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
ISSN: 1095-9203
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Funders: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship
Depositing User: SJ Martin
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 17:33
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2016 08:50
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38152

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