Brood Affects Hygienic Behavior in the Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

Kaira M. Wagoner (1), Marla Spivak (2) and Olav Rueppell (1)   Abstract Despite receiving much attention, the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor (Anderson and Trueman) and the pathogens it vectors remain critical threats to the health of the honey bee Apis mellifera (Linnaeus) (Hymenoptera: Apidae). One promising intervention approach is the breeding of hygienic honey […]

Multiple benefits of breeding honey bees for hygienic behavior

TalErezab,Elad Bond (1,2), Paz Kahanov (1), Olav Rueppell (3,4), Kaira Wagoner (3), Nor Chejanovsky (1), Victoria Soroker (1) Abstract Honey bee colonies are prone to invasion by pests and pathogens. The combination of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor (Varroa) and the multiple viruses it vectors, is a major driver of colony losses. Breeding for hygienic […]

Hygiene-Eliciting Brood Semiochemicals as a Tool for Assaying Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Colony Resistance to Varroa (Mesostigmata: Varroidae)

Wagoner (1), J. G. Millar (2),  J. Keller (3), J. Bello (2,4), P. Waiker (1), C. Schal (3), M. Spivak (5), and Rueppell (6) Abstract Despite numerous interventions, the ectoparasitic mite Varroa (Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman [Mesostigmata: Varroidae]) and the pathogens it vectors remain a primary threat to honey bee (Apis mellifera Linnaeus [Hymenoptera: Apidae]) health. Hygienic behavior, the ability to […]