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Terpenoid-Induced Feeding Deterrence and Antennal Response of Honey Bees

Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583, USA
USDA Agricultural Research Service, Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Department of Entomology and Nematology, Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Insects 2020, 11(2), 83;
Received: 9 December 2019 / Revised: 15 January 2020 / Accepted: 20 January 2020 / Published: 23 January 2020
Multiple interacting stressors negatively affect the survival and productivity of managed honey bee colonies. Pesticides remain a primary concern for beekeepers, as even sublethal exposures can reduce bee immunocompetence, impair navigation, and reduce social communication. Pollinator protection focuses on pesticide application guidelines; however, a more active protection strategy is needed. One possible approach is the use of feeding deterrents that can be delivered as an additive during pesticide application. The goal of this study was to validate a laboratory assay designed to rapidly screen compounds for behavioral changes related to feeding or feeding deterrence. The results of this investigation demonstrated that the synthetic Nasonov pheromone and its terpenoid constituents citral, nerol, and geraniol could alter feeding behavior in a laboratory assay. Additionally, electroantennogram assays revealed that these terpenoids elicited some response in the antennae; however, only a synthetic Nasonov pheromone, citral, and geraniol elicited responses that differed significantly from control and vehicle detections. View Full-Text
Keywords: honey bee; terpenoids; behavior; feeding deterrence; olfaction honey bee; terpenoids; behavior; feeding deterrence; olfaction
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Larson, N.R.; O’Neal, S.T.; Bernier, U.R.; Bloomquist, J.R.; Anderson, T.D. Terpenoid-Induced Feeding Deterrence and Antennal Response of Honey Bees. Insects 2020, 11, 83.

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