Black queen cell virus and drifting of honey bee workers ( Apis mellifera )

Retschnig, Gina; Kellermann, Liv Anna; Mehmann, Marion M.; Yañez, Orlando; Winiger, Pius; Williams, Geoffrey R.; Neumann, Peter (2019). Black queen cell virus and drifting of honey bee workers ( Apis mellifera ) Journal of Apicultural Research, 58(5), pp. 754-755. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/00218839.2019.1655133

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Social insects may accidentally drift into foreign nests due to orientation errors. Even though pathogens have beenreported to promote drifting, no data currently exist about the potential impact of titers of the widespread black queencell virus (BQCV) on the orientation abilities of honey bee workers,Apis mellifera. Here, we investigated titers ofBQCV in naturally infected drifted and non-drifted workers. The data show significantly higher virus titers in the driftedworkers (Wilcoxon rank sum test,P<0.01). Our results suggest that high BQCV loads may compromise honey beeorientation, possibly by affecting learning performance similar to other viruses. If future work demonstrates that thecorrelation found here represents a causal relationship between higher viral titers and drifting, this will be the first iden-tification of clinical symptoms of BQCV in adult honey bee hosts

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Resource-efficient agricultural production systems
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Agriculture
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Agriculture > Soils and Geoinformation

Name:

Retschnig, Gina;
Kellermann, Liv Anna;
Mehmann, Marion M.;
Yañez, Orlando;
Winiger, Pius;
Williams, Geoffrey R. and
Neumann, Peter

Subjects:

Q Science > QL Zoology
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR355 Virology
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture

ISSN:

0021-8839

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simon Lutz

Date Deposited:

09 Nov 2020 11:50

Last Modified:

18 Jan 2021 14:19

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/00218839.2019.1655133

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Black queen cell virus (BQCV), Apis mellifera, drifting, virus

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.13390

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/13390

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