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Specific cues associated with honey bee social defence against Varroa destructor infested brood

Mondet, Fanny and Kim, Seo Hyun and Rodrigues De Miranda, Joachim and Beslay, Dominique and Le Conte, Yves and Mercer, Alison R. (2016). Specific cues associated with honey bee social defence against Varroa destructor infested brood. Scientific Reports. 6, 1-8
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Abstract

Social immunity forms an essential part of the defence repertoire of social insects. In response to infestation by the parasitic mite Varroa destructor and its associated viruses, honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) have developed a specific behaviour (varroa-sensitive hygiene, or VSH) that helps protect the colony from this parasite. Brood cells heavily infested with mites are uncapped, the brood killed, and the cell contents removed. For this extreme sacrifice to be beneficial to the colony, the targeting of parasitized brood for removal must be accurate and selective. Here we show that varroa-infested brood produce uniquely identifiable cues that could be used by VSH-performing bees to identify with high specificity which brood cells to sacrifice. This selective elimination of mite-infested brood is a disease resistance strategy analogous to programmed cell death, where young bees likely to be highly dysfunctional as adults are sacrificed for the greater good of the colony.

Authors/Creators:Mondet, Fanny and Kim, Seo Hyun and Rodrigues De Miranda, Joachim and Beslay, Dominique and Le Conte, Yves and Mercer, Alison R.
Title:Specific cues associated with honey bee social defence against Varroa destructor infested brood
Series/Journal:Scientific Reports (2045-2322)
Year of publishing :2016
Depositing date:24 October 2016
Volume:6
Page range:1-8
Number of Pages:8
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Research Areas for the Future > Future Animal Health and Welfare
ISSN:2045-2322
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L20 Animal ecology
L Animal production > L72 Pests of animals
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Evolutionary Biology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Pathobiology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Agrovoc terms:Apis mellifera, Varroa, hygiene, behavior, pest mites, honey bees
Keywords:freeze-killed brood, apis-mellifera, hygienic behavior, mite reproduction, sensitive hygiene, jacobsoni oud, colonies, responses, cells, pheromone
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3740
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3740
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000375253400001
DOI10.1038/srep25444
ID Code:13734
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:24 Oct 2016 13:16
Metadata Last Modified:24 Oct 2016 13:16

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