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Discovery of Aphid Lethal Paralysis Virus in Vespa velutina and Apis cerana in China

Institute of Apicultural Research, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100093, China
Key Laboratory of Pollinating Insect Biology, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing 100093, China
Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Conservation and Resource Utilization, Guangdong Public Laboratory of Wild Animal Conservation and Utilization, Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou 510260, China
State Key Laboratory of Virology, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430071, China
College of Bee Science, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Insects 2019, 10(6), 157;
Received: 12 May 2019 / Revised: 31 May 2019 / Accepted: 31 May 2019 / Published: 3 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biology of Social Insect Diseases)
Honey bees are essential to the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. However, despite no single factor being blamed for losses of honey bee colonies in Europe and the USA, viruses have been considered as a major driver. Moreover, a virus vector can enhance the titer and virulence of virus such as Varroa destructor can change the virulence of the deformed wing virus. Here, we report molecular evidence for aphid lethal paralysis virus (ALPV) infecting Vespa velutina, which is an important predator of honey bees, especially of Apis cerana. Viral replication and phylogenetic analysis indicated that ALPV can not only replicate in V. velutina and A. cerana, but ALPV from A. cerana (ALPV-Ac) was also significantly associated with that of V. velutina (ALPV-Vv), though distinct from those of Apis mellifera (ALPV-Am). The host state posterior probability displayed that V. velutina is the main viral reservoir between V. velutina and A. cerana. Our results show ALPV had expanded host diversity resulting in potential impacts on the health of pollinators, even on the pollination ecosystem. We suggest further studies should investigate potential risks and impacts on pollinator populations of hornets. These results should have an impact conservation efforts focused on sustaining native pollinator abundance and diversity, and therefore, the crucial ecosystem services that they provide. View Full-Text
Keywords: Vespa velutina; Apis cerana; aphid lethal paralysis virus; virus vector; native pollinator Vespa velutina; Apis cerana; aphid lethal paralysis virus; virus vector; native pollinator
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Yang, D.; Zhao, H.; Shi, J.; Xu, X.; Wu, Y.; Guo, R.; Chen, D.; Wang, X.; Deng, S.; Yang, S.; Diao, Q.; Hou, C. Discovery of Aphid Lethal Paralysis Virus in Vespa velutina and Apis cerana in China. Insects 2019, 10, 157.

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