The occurrence of ecto-parasitic Leptus sp. mites on Africanised honey bees

Martin, SJ ORCID: and Correia-Oliveira, E 2016, 'The occurrence of ecto-parasitic Leptus sp. mites on Africanised honey bees' , Journal of Apicultural Research, 55 (3) , pp. 243-246.

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Honey bee-mite-pathogen associations have led to the widespread collapse of Apis mellifera colonies in various parts of the world. The global trade in bees continues to expose honey bees to new pests and pathogens. Here we highlight to the beekeeping community a potential new mite-pathogen association. In South America ecto-parasitic Leptus mite larvae have been recorded parasitising adult honey bees and these mites are known to transmit Spiroplasma bacteria the causative agent of 'Mays disease' in bees. Here we provide new data and review past studies on Leptus mites and discuss the potential risk to A. mellifera this mite may pose in the future.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Apicultural Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0021-8839
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Funders: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior
Depositing User: SJ Martin
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 01:34

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