Survival of Ectoparasitic Mites Tropilaelaps mercedesae in Association with Honeybee Hive Products

Khongphinitbunjong, Kitiphong; Chantawannakul, Panuwan; Yañez, Orlando; Neumann, Peter (2019). Survival of Ectoparasitic Mites Tropilaelaps mercedesae in Association with Honeybee Hive Products. Insects, 10(2) MDPI 10.3390/insects10020036

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The global trade of honeybee hive products imposes the risk of the introduction of exotic pests. However, data on the potential of specific products enabling pest survival are often lacking. This holds especially true for ectoparasitic mites Tropilaelaps spp., which are mandatory pests of honeybees in many countries. Here, we evaluated the longevity of Tropilaelaps mercedesae mites associated with empty honeycomb and dry pollen as two possible global import routes. Mites were able to survive up to three days in dry pollen and up to six days in empty honeycomb, thereby suggesting a sufficient time window for the potential introduction of T. mercedesae into mite-free countries via import of these hive products.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Institute of Bee Health

UniBE Contributor:

Yanez Amayo, Victor Orlando and Neumann, Peter

Subjects:

500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

2075-4450

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Anna Papach

Date Deposited:

31 Mar 2020 13:28

Last Modified:

31 Mar 2020 13:37

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/insects10020036

PubMed ID:

30699888

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.142077

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/142077

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