Special Issue "Honeybees and Wild Bees Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.
Interests: honeybee health; honeybee pathogens and parasites; social immunity; pollinators
Interests: insect evolutionary ecology; plant–pollinator interactions; insect biodiversity; host–parasite interactions; pollination
The pollination services provided by bees are vitally important for ecosystem functioning and crop production. However, in recent decades, numerous reports have shown extensive losses of honeybee colonies and a decline in numbers of wild bees, with negative consequences for terrestrial ecosystems, the economy, and food security.
These losses have been attributed to many stress factors, including pesticide exposure, habitat loss or degradation, invasive species, predators, parasites, diseases, and climate change. These factors do not act alone and often show synergistic interactions that are difficult to predict.
In this Special Issue, we would like to publish original, theoretical or empirical research, reviews, quantitative meta-analyses or perspective articles focusing on how stress factors affect the health of managed and wild bees and on the defense mechanisms adopted at the individual level and, in the case of social species, also at the colony level. The topics can be related to molecular, physiological, behavioral, and other aspects of honeybees’ and wild bees’ health and extend to bee declines and pollination services.
Prof. Alberto Satta
Dr. Panagiotis Theodorou
Manuscript Submission Information
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- stress factors
- immune defense
- social immunity
- bee nutritional health
- colony performance
- population declines