Genetic characterization of slow bee paralysis virus of the honeybee (Apis mellifera L.)

de Miranda, Joachim R.; Dainat, Benjamin; Locke, Barbara; Cordoni, Guido; Berthoud, Hélène; Gauthier, Laurent; Neumann, Peter; Budge, Giles E.; Ball, Brenda V.; Stoltz, Don B. (2010). Genetic characterization of slow bee paralysis virus of the honeybee (Apis mellifera L.). Journal of general virology, 91(10), pp. 2524-2530. Reading: Society for General Microbiology 10.1099/vir.0.022434-0

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Complete genome sequences were determined for two distinct strains of slow bee paralysis virus (SBPV) of honeybees (Apis mellifera). The SBPV genome is approximately 9 5 kb long and contains a single ORF flanked by 5'- and 3'-UTRs and a naturally polyadenylated 3' tail, with a genome organization typical of members of the family Iflaviridae The two strains, labelled `Rothamsted' and 'Harpenden', are 83% identical at the nucleotide level (94% identical at the amino acid level), although this variation is distributed unevenly over the genome. The two strains were found to co-exist at different proportions in two independently propagated SBPV preparations The natural prevalence of SBPV for 847 colonies in 162 apiaries across five European countries was <2%, with positive samples found only in England and Switzerland, in colonies with variable degrees of Varroa infestation

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE)

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Neumann, Peter






Society for General Microbiology




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04 Oct 2013 14:17

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17 Mar 2015 19:22

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