Parasites, pathogens, and pests of honeybees in Asia

Chantawannakul, Panuwan; De Guzman, Lilia; Li, Jilian; Williams, Geoffrey Rhys (2016). Parasites, pathogens, and pests of honeybees in Asia. Apidologie, 47(3), pp. 301-324. Springer 10.1007/s13592-015-0407-5

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Asia is home to at least nine honeybee species, including the introduced Apis mellifera. In addition to A. mellifera and Apis cerana being widely employed for commercial beekeeping, the remaining non-managed species also have important ecological and economic roles on the continent. Species distributions of most honeybee species overlap in Southeast Asia. This promotes the potential for interspecific transmission of pests and parasites and their spread to other parts of the world by human translocation. The decline of honeybee populations is of great concern around the world, including in Asia. The global colony losses of A. mellifera are believed to be caused, in part, by parasites, pathogens, and pests originating from Asia, such as the mite Varroa destructor, the microsporidian Nosema ceranae, and some bee viruses. This review discusses important pests, pathogens, and parasites in both the introduced A. mellifera and native honeybees in Asia to provide an overall picture of honeybee health in the region and future threats to the apiculture industry.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review 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:

Chantawannakul, Panuwan and Williams, Geoffrey Rhys

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

0044-8435

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Geoffrey Rhys Williams

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2016 14:40

Last Modified:

01 Feb 2017 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s13592-015-0407-5

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.88938

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/88938

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