Investigation of the parasitic status of Melittiphis alvearius (Berlese) on honeybees, Apis mellifera l., by immunoassay

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 29 (1) pp. 46-52
Date
March 1990
Article Title

Investigation of the parasitic status of Melittiphis alvearius (Berlese) on honeybees, Apis mellifera l., by immunoassay

Author(s)

B. L. Gibbins and R. F. Van Toor

Abstract

 The potential parasitism of Apis mellifera L. (Honeybee) by the colony co-habitant Melittiphis alvearius (Berlese) was investigated by analysing homogenates of the mite for bee-derived antigens with a sensitive indirect immuno-dot procedure. This method revealed that the mite contained pollen and bee-derived antigens, but the latter were bee salivary antigens. These findings show that the mite is not parasitic on bees but rather is a scavenger of pollen within bee colonies.

Keywords

Melittiphis alvearius (Berlese), Apis mellifera L., Honeybee

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