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Insects, Volume 10, Issue 1 (January 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Honey bees play a critical role in agroecosytems as a key pollinator. Despite the honey bees’ [...] Read more. Honey bees play a critical role in agroecosytems as a key pollinator. Despite the honey bees’ significance to agriculture, annual colony losses have been 30–50% for years. The industry is in dire need of tools to promote healthy bees. Investigations into components of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies are key. One understudied, and often undervalued, aspect of IPM is honey bee genotype, particularly stocks that are resistant to parasitic mites. Since these mites transmit destructive viruses, like Deformed wing virus, controlling mites via honey bee resistance traits can minimize the impact of mites and associated viruses. This can even reduce viruses deposited in the wax comb, where new generations of honey bee larvae are reared. Integrative approaches examining the effects of management techniques in combination with bee stock are necessary to improve bee health and productivity. View this paper