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Standard methods for varroa research
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This paper provides easy to use protocols for the collection, identification, diagnosis, rearing, breeding, marking and measurement of infestation rates and fertility of V. destructor and describes pros and cons for all methods for the user to know which method to use under which circumstances.
The worldwide health status of honey bees
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In 1988, a comprehensive review of world bee health was published in Bee World, and updates have been published at intervals since then, including one devoted to viruses.
Colony losses, managed colony population decline, and Colony Collapse Disorder in the United States
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Although annual losses above 30% are not uncommon for beekeepers in the U.S, the number of beekeepers reporting elevated losses appeared alarming as did the unique symptoms associated with the colony losses, which prompted the new phenomenon of elevated colony losses “Colony Collapse Disorder” or CCD.
Longevity and Reproductive Success of Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) Fed Different Natural Diets
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Small hive beetle longevity and overall reproductive success was highest on foodstuffs located in honey bee colonies, indicating that A. tumida are efficient at causing large-scale damage to colonies of honey bees resulting in economic injury for the beekeeper.
Large-Scale Field Application of RNAi Technology Reducing Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus Disease in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera, Hymenoptera: Apidae)
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IAPV specific homologous dsRNA was used in the field, under natural beekeeping conditions in order to prevent mortality and improve the overall health of bees infected with IAPV, the first successful large-scale real world use of RNAi for disease control.
Standard methods for wax moth research
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Methods associated with wax moth research that are important from an apicultural research perspective are described and it is hoped that this paper will revitalize research on wax moths, since they remain both an important honey bee colony pest and an interesting colony symbiont.
A national survey of managed honey bee 2015–2016 annual colony losses in the USA
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The loss rate in the winter of 2015–2016 was amongst the lowest winter losses recorded over the ten years this survey has been conducted, but 59.0% (n = 3378) of responding beekeepers had higher losses than they deemed acceptable.
A national survey of managed honey bee 2014–2015 annual colony losses in the USA
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While total winter losses were lower in 2014–2015 than in previous years, summer losses remained high, resulting in total annual colony losses of more than 40% during the survey period, the first year that total losses were higher in the summer than in the winter.
Effects of Soil Type, Moisture, and Density on Pupation Success of Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae)
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The data suggest that biological requirements of A. tumida may limit/enhance their reproductive potential in various soil environments (especially in dry climates), despite which average emersion as adults occurred within a tight range.
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