Hygienic behaviour of honey bees and its application for control of brood diseases and Varroa. Part II. Studies on hygienic behaviour since the Rothenbuhler era

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Bee World Vol.79 (4) 1998 pp.169-186
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Article Title

Hygienic behaviour of honey bees and its application for control of brood diseases and Varroa.  Part II. Studies on hygienic behaviour since the Rothenbuhler era

Author(s)

Marla Spivak And Martha Gilliam 

Abstract

Part I of this review summarized the initial research on hygienic behaviour of honey bees, Apis mellifera. This early work that concerned hygienic behaviour as a mechanism of resistance to American foulbrood (AFB) has been the foundation for all subsequent research on hygienic behaviour. In Part II, research on hygienic behaviour in relation to other bee diseases and to Varroa jacobsoni and in Apis species and subspecies is reviewed. In addition, techniques to screen bee colonies for the behaviour are detailed, and practical applications of breeding bees for hygienic behaviour are given. A section on neuroethology demonstrates how modern neurobiological techniques are being used to detect the reasons for differences in responses of hygienic and non-hygienic bees to abnormal brood.

KeywordsApis mellifera, American foulbrood (AFB), Varroa jacobsoni, hygienic behaviour, Rothenbuhler
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