The ability of high- and low-grooming lines of honey bees to remove the parasitic mite Varroa destructor is affected by environmental conditions

@inproceedings{Currie2008TheAO,
  title={The ability of high- and low-grooming lines of honey bees to remove the parasitic mite Varroa destructor is affected by environmental conditions},
  author={Robert W. Currie and Gholam Hossein Tahmasbi},
  year={2008}
}
This study assessed how variation in temperature and humidity affect the costs and benefits of grooming as a defense against Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman, 2000 in high-grooming and low-grooming groups of honey bee (Apis mellifera L., 1758) workers. Grooming was quantified as the proportion of mites falling to the bottom of cages containing worker bees or to the bottom of colonies of bees during winter. Cages of 100 mite-infested bees from each line of workers were assigned to… CONTINUE READING

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