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A gene for resistance to the Varroa mite (Acari) in honey bee (Apis mellifera) pupae
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Using qPCR, a high‐density genome‐wide association analysis in a Varroa‐resistant honey bee population, an ecdysone‐induced gene significantly linked to resistance is identified, which may represent a key selection tool for honey bee resistance and breeding. Expand
Draft genome of the fungus-growing termite pathogenic fungus Ophiocordyceps bispora (Ophiocordycipitaceae, Hypocreales, Ascomycota)
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The public availability of genome sequence data and assembled contigs representing the partial draft genome of Ophiocordyceps bispora represents the opportunity to further the understanding of disease and resistance in these complex termite societies. Expand
Phylogenetic analyses of Podaxis specimens from Southern Africa reveal hidden diversity and new insights into associations with termites.
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The first comprehensive phylogeny of the fungal genus Podaxis (Agaricaceae) is constructed, showing that the genus contains at least five well-supported clades with significant inter-clade differences in spore length, width and wall thickness, and fruiting body length, supporting that clades likely represent distinct Podaxis species. Expand
The role of epistatic interactions underpinning resistance to parasitic Varroa mites in haploid honey bee (Apis mellifera) drones
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The interaction between A. mellifera and the parasitic mite Varroa destructor is used to test epistasis in the expression of resistance, through the inhibition of parasite reproduction, in haploid drones, and novel loci on three chromosomes explain over 45% of the resistance phenotype. Expand
Female‐biased sex allocation and lack of inbreeding avoidance in Cubitermes termites
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Investigation of mate choice, sex ratios, and sex allocation in dispersing reproductives from colonies of the termite Cubitermes tenuiceps finds an apparent lack of inbreeding avoidance and potential maladaptive sex allocation, which implies possible negative effects on mating and fitness. Expand
Reviewing the taxonomy of Podaxis: Opportunities for understanding extreme fungal lifestyles.
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The history of the taxonomy of Podaxis is examined before focusing on its extreme lifestyles and how the muddled taxonomy may be resolved; opening up further avenues for future research into this enigmatic fungal genus. Expand
The termite fungal cultivar Termitomyces combines diverse enzymes and oxidative reactions for plant biomass conversion
Macrotermitine termites have domesticated fungi in the genus Termitomyces as their primary food source using pre-digested plant biomass. To access the full nutritional value of lignin-enriched plantExpand
Juvenile hormone pathway in honey bee larvae: A source of possible signal molecules for the reproductive behavior of Varroa destructor
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Findings support a later activation of the ecdysteroid cascade in honey bee drones compared to worker larvae, which could account for the increased egg production of Varroa in A. mellifera drone cells. Expand
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