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Monitoring of Honey Bee Colony Losses: A Special Issue

Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maribor, Pivola 10, 2311 Hoče, Slovenia
Diversity 2020, 12(10), 403;
Received: 16 October 2020 / Accepted: 16 October 2020 / Published: 17 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Monitoring of Honey Bee Colony Losses)
In recent decades, independent national and international research programs have revealed possible reasons for the death of managed honey bee colonies worldwide. Such losses are not due to a single factor, but instead are due to highly complex interactions between various internal and external influences, including pests, pathogens, honey bee stock diversity, and environmental change. Reduced honey bee vitality and nutrition, exposure to agrochemicals, and quality of colony management contribute to reduced colony survival in beekeeping operations. Our Special Issue (SI) on ‘’Monitoring of Honey Bee Colony Losses’’ aims to address specific challenges facing honey bee researchers and beekeepers. This SI includes four reviews, with one being a meta-analysis that identifies gaps in the current and future directions for research into honey bee colonies mortalities. Other review articles include studies regarding the impact of numerous factors on honey bee mortality, including external abiotic factors (e.g., winter conditions and colony management) as well as biotic factors such as attacks by Vespa velutina and Varroa destructor. View Full-Text
Keywords: honey bee diseases; stressors; pathology; honey bee mortalities; colonies management honey bee diseases; stressors; pathology; honey bee mortalities; colonies management
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Gregorc, A. Monitoring of Honey Bee Colony Losses: A Special Issue. Diversity 2020, 12, 403.

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