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Varroa Control by Means of a Hyperthermic Device

Deparment of Agricultural, Forestry and food Sciences (DISAFA), University of Turin, Largo Paolo Braccini 2, 10095 Grugliasco, Italy
Department of Mathematics, University of Genoa, 16132 Genoa, Italy
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Academic Editor: Franco Mutinelli
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(16), 8138;
Received: 15 June 2022 / Revised: 27 July 2022 / Accepted: 9 August 2022 / Published: 14 August 2022
Hyperthermia is the use of heat to control Varroa destructor. Various apparatuses have been proposed to effectively apply heat and recently the Bee Ethic system was developed in Italy. The Bee Ethic system is a technological hive consisting of a set of heated frames and an electronic control unit. Trials were carried out in the years 2018, 2020 and 2021 to compare colony strength and mite infestation in heat-treated and untreated control bee-hives. In addition, the influence of repeated heat treatments on the development of bee colonies and mite populations was verified by means of a mathematical model. Both in apiary and in silica results show that hyperthermia can be effectively used for V. destructor control within an IPM approach, even in the presence of substantial re-infestation phenomena. View Full-Text
Keywords: Apis mellifera; Varroa destructor; hyperthermia; colony losses; Bee Ethic Apis mellifera; Varroa destructor; hyperthermia; colony losses; Bee Ethic
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Porporato, M.; Manino, A.; Cuttini, D.; Lorenzon, S.; Ciaudano, S.; Parodi, V. Varroa Control by Means of a Hyperthermic Device. Appl. Sci. 2022, 12, 8138.

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Porporato M, Manino A, Cuttini D, Lorenzon S, Ciaudano S, Parodi V. Varroa Control by Means of a Hyperthermic Device. Applied Sciences. 2022; 12(16):8138.

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Porporato, Marco, Aulo Manino, Davide Cuttini, Simone Lorenzon, Silvia Ciaudano, and Valerio Parodi. 2022. "Varroa Control by Means of a Hyperthermic Device" Applied Sciences 12, no. 16: 8138.

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