Antennae hold a key to Varroa-sensitive hygiene behaviour in honey bees

  title={Antennae hold a key to Varroa-sensitive hygiene behaviour in honey bees},
  author={Fanny Mondet and C{\'e}dric Alaux and Dany Severac and Marine Rohmer and Alison R. Mercer and Yves Le Conte},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
In honey bees, Varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH) behaviour, which involves the detection and removal of brood parasitised by the mite Varroa destructor, can actively participate in the survival of colonies facing Varroa outbreaks. This study investigated the mechanisms of VSH behaviour, by comparing the antennal transcriptomes of bees that do and do not perform VSH behaviour. Results indicate that antennae likely play a key role in the expression of VSH behaviour. Comparisons with the antennal… 

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