Special Issue "Aspects of Honey Bee Colonies Losses"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity Loss & Dynamics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 239

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maribor, Pivola 10, 2311 Hoče, Slovenia
Interests: honey bee; insect toxicology; cell biology; varroa; queen rearing; bee breeding
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Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Maribor, Pivola 10, 2311 Hoče, Slovenia
Interests: bees; biomarkers; biomonitoring; ecotoxicology; field exposure; molecular biology; morphophysiology; pesticides; risk assessment; sublethal effets

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Managed honey bees can be exposed to various internal and external factors, including exposure to various pathogens, lack of diversity of food sources, and management problems. Bees in agriculture settings are exposed to a variety of stressors that act in isolation or, more often, in combination. Intensive further study is needed to deepen our understanding of the mechanisms and interactions that reduce individual honey bee or colony vitality. The presenting biology of colony health and the affected mechanisms caused by stress factors and their interactions are important objectives to be presented in this Special Issue of Diversity. Studies will focus on honey bees as individual or social organisms responding to a variety of pathogens causing American and European foulbroods, varroosis, mycosis, and other diseases. Factors such as environment stressors and honey bee colony management, including beekeeping practices as a factor in colonies’ survival, are welcomed for publication. Attention will be also given to the effects of pesticides on bees and their survival.

In this Diversity Special Issue entitled “Aspects of Honey Bee Colonies Losses”, we encourage researchers to present new studies on the nature, mechanisms, and relative importance of the potential factors relating to recent losses in the beekeeping sector. There is still an urgent need for reliable and comparable experimental laboratory and field data on the improvement of honey bee colony survival and mitigating potential colony losses. We would like to encourage researchers to perform and publish new studies on the factors, their synergistic interactions, and mechanisms contributing to managed honey bee colony vitality, health and losses worldwide.

Prof. Dr. Aleš Gregorc
Dr. Caio Eduardo da Costa Domingues
Guest Editors

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