Varroa destructor reproduction and cell re-capping in mite-resistant Apis mellifera populations

Martin, SJ ORCID:, Hawkins, GP, Brettell, LE, Reece, NJ, Correia-Oliveira, ME and Allsopp, MH 2020, 'Varroa destructor reproduction and cell re-capping in mite-resistant Apis mellifera populations' , Apidologie, 51 (3) , pp. 369-381.

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Globalization has facilitated the spread of emerging pests such as the Varroa destructor mite, resulting in the near global distribution of the pest. In South African and Brazilian honey bees, mite-resistant colonies appeared within a decade; in Europe, mite-resistant colonies are rare, but several of these exhibited high levels of “re-capping” behavior. We studied re-capping in Varroa-naïve (UK/Australia) and Varroa-resistant (South Africa and Brazil) populations and found very low and very high levels, respectively, with the resistant populations targeting mite-infested cells. Furthermore, 54% of artificially infested A. m. capensis worker cells were removed after 10 days and 83% of the remaining infested cells were re-capped. Such targeted re-capping of drone cells did not occur. We propose that cell opening is a fundamental trait in mite-resistant populations and that re-capping is an accurate proxy for this behavior.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Apidologie
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0044-8435
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Funders: British Beekeeping Association, Hort Frontiers Pollination Fund
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2020 14:57
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:07

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