Associations among Nosema spp. fungi, Varroa destructor mites, and chemical treatments in honey bees, Apis mellifera

Little, Catherine; Shutler, Dave; Williams, Geoffrey Rhys (2016). Associations among Nosema spp. fungi, Varroa destructor mites, and chemical treatments in honey bees, Apis mellifera. Journal of apicultural research, 54(4), pp. 378-385. International Bee Research Association IBRA 10.1080/00218839.2016.1159068

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Nosema spp. and Varroa destructor are common parasites of honey bee colonies. Beekeepers routinely treat colonies with the fungicide fumagillin to control Nosema and an array of miticides to control V. destructor. Interactions between these parasites and chemical treatments are poorly understood. We allocated honey bee colonies to distinct chemical treatment regimes and monitored parasite intensities in the subsequent year. Infections of Nosema and infestations of V. destructor were positively correlated. Fumagillin was effective at mitigating Nosema intensities only over the short term, suggesting that biannual application is essential. V. destructor intensities were higher in colonies that had been previously treated with miticides, reasons for this warrant further investigation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Williams, Geoffrey Rhys

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0021-8839

Publisher:

International Bee Research Association IBRA

Language:

English

Submitter:

Geoffrey Rhys Williams

Date Deposited:

18 Jul 2016 09:06

Last Modified:

18 Jul 2016 09:06

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/00218839.2016.1159068

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.83501

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/83501

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