Social immunity in honeybees (Apis mellifera): transcriptome analysis of varroa-hygienic behaviour.

@article{Conte2011SocialII,
  title={Social immunity in honeybees (Apis mellifera): transcriptome analysis of varroa-hygienic behaviour.},
  author={Yves Le Conte and C{\'e}dric Alaux and J F Martin and J. R. Harbo and Jeffrey W. Harris and Christelle Dantec and D. Severac and Sandrine Cros-Arteil and Maria Navajas},
  journal={Insect molecular biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={399-408}
}
Honeybees have evolved a social immunity consisting of the cooperation of individuals to decrease disease in the hive. We identified a set of genes involved in this social immunity by analysing the brain transcriptome of highly varroa-hygienic bees, who efficiently detect and remove brood infected with the Varroa destructor mite. The function of these candidate genes does not seem to support a higher olfactory sensitivity in hygienic bees, as previously hypothesized. However, comparing their… CONTINUE READING