Selection of Apis mellifera workers by the parasitic mite Varroa destructor using host cuticular hydrocarbons.

@article{Piccolo2010SelectionOA,
  title={Selection of Apis mellifera workers by the parasitic mite Varroa destructor using host cuticular hydrocarbons.},
  author={Fabio Del Piccolo and Francesco Nazzi and Giorgio Della Vedova and Narges Shamshiri Milani},
  journal={Parasitology},
  year={2010},
  volume={137 6},
  pages={
          967-73
        }
}
The parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, is the most important threat for apiculture in most bee-keeping areas of the world. The mite is carried to the bee brood cell, where it reproduces, by a nurse bee; therefore the selection of the bee stage by the parasite could influence its reproductive success. This study investigates the role of the cuticular hydrocarbons of the European honeybee (Apis mellifera) in host-selection by the mite. Preliminary laboratory bioassays confirmed the preference of… CONTINUE READING
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