Detection of multiple viruses in queens of the honey bee Apis mellifera L.

Abstract

Individual honey bee Apis mellifera L. queens were examined for the presence of six honey bee viruses including acute bee paralysis virus, chronic bee paralysis virus, black queen cell virus, deformed wing virus, Kashmir bee virus, and sacbrood virus. All viruses, except ABPV, were detected in the samples. Among queens examined for virus infections, 93% had multiple virus infections. The detection of viruses in queens raises the possibility of a vertical transmission pathway wherein infected queens can pass virus through their eggs to their offspring.

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@article{Chen2005DetectionOM, title={Detection of multiple viruses in queens of the honey bee Apis mellifera L.}, author={Yan Chen and Jeffery S. Pettis and Mark F. Feldlaufer}, journal={Journal of invertebrate pathology}, year={2005}, volume={90 2}, pages={118-21} }