Mites in the genus Tropilaelaps could follow in the footsteps of Varroa mites as significant threats to honey bees if they were to expand their range. A new test using analysis of the “melt curves” of DNA samples can discern the four known Tropilaelaps species and could be an important tool in surveillance for the mite pests in apicultural settings.
Meet Cameron Jack, Ph.D., entomologist and lecturer at the University of Florida, beekeeping expert, and subject of the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.
Meet Ashley Mortensen, Ph.D., senior scientist in the Bee Biology and Productivity Team at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, former veterinary nurse and zookeeper, and subject of the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.
Varroa mites are a constant threat to managed honey bee hives, but the most commonly used pesticide used against the mites appears to have negative effects on honey bee queens’ reproductive patterns. A new study explores these effects and offers beekeepers insight on balancing mite management and hive health.
A new study finds that reduced water availability—even if not quite drought conditions—lessens the quality of floral resources for honey bees and bumble bees, in turn negatively affecting their survival and reproduction rates.