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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Varroa destructor: A Complex Parasite, Crippling Honey Bees Worldwide

Traynor, Kirsten S.; Mondet, Fanny; de Miranda, Joachim R.; Techer, Maeva; Kowallik, Vienna; Oddie, Melissa A. Y.; Chantawannakul, Panuwan; McAfee, Alison


The parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, has shaken the beekeeping and pollination industries since its spread from its native host, the Asian honey bee (Apis cerana), to the naive European honey bee (Apis mellifera) used commercially for pollination and honey production around the globe. Varroa is the greatest threat to honey bee health. Worrying observations include increasing acaricide resistance in the varroa population and sinking economic treatment thresholds, suggesting that the mites or their vectored viruses are becoming more virulent. Highly infested weak colonies facilitate mite dispersal and disease transmission to stronger and healthier colonies. Here, we review recent developments in the biology, pathology, and management of varroa, and integrate older knowledge that is less well known.

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Trends in Parasitology
2020, Volume: 36, number: 7, pages: 592-606

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