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Insects 2019, 10(2), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects10020036

Survival of Ectoparasitic Mites Tropilaelaps mercedesae in Association with Honeybee Hive Products

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School of Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai 571000, Thailand
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Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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Institute of Bee Health, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern and Agroscope, Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, CH-3097 Bern, Switzerland
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Received: 17 December 2018 / Revised: 23 January 2019 / Accepted: 24 January 2019 / Published: 29 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biology of Social Insect Diseases)
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Abstract

The global trade of honeybee hive products imposes the risk of the introduction of exotic pests. However, data on the potential of specific products enabling pest survival are often lacking. This holds especially true for ectoparasitic mites Tropilaelaps spp., which are mandatory pests of honeybees in many countries. Here, we evaluated the longevity of Tropilaelaps mercedesae mites associated with empty honeycomb and dry pollen as two possible global import routes. Mites were able to survive up to three days in dry pollen and up to six days in empty honeycomb, thereby suggesting a sufficient time window for the potential introduction of T. mercedesae into mite-free countries via import of these hive products. View Full-Text
Keywords: Tropilaelaps mercedesae; comb; pollen; trade Tropilaelaps mercedesae; comb; pollen; trade
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Khongphinitbunjong, K.; Chantawannakul, P.; Yañez, O.; Neumann, P. Survival of Ectoparasitic Mites Tropilaelaps mercedesae in Association with Honeybee Hive Products. Insects 2019, 10, 36.

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