Special Issue "Advances in Honey Bee Virus Research"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Viruses".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Nor Chejanovsky
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Guest Editor
Entomology Department, Institute of Plant Protection, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Israel
Tel. +97239683694
Interests: honey bee viruses; insect viruses; insect virus host-range

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The sudden collapse of honey bee colonies in California in 2005 and alarming reports about significant colony losses in the U.S. and Europe have attracted the renewed attention of researchers and the general public to the role played by honey bee viruses in this process. Thus, research focused on the elucidation of the genomic sequences of previously identified and new honey bee-associated viruses, their pathogenicity at the individual and colony levels, their structure, their interactions with other pathogens, and their relationship with the host, many times emerging from covert-asymptomatic to overt-symptomatic infections following stress challenges, has recently been conducted. These efforts have resulted in new and substantial knowledge.

In this Special Issue of Viruses, our aim is to highlight recent significant advances in this area of virology to provide an updated integrated picture of honey bee-associated viruses in order to improve, facilitate, and encourage further innovative research in this fascinating field, as well as to highlight select, recent advances that could contribute to broaden our understanding of this topic. Researchers who would like to contribute their views and/or original research on the above themes, including molecular, structural, genomic, and biological virus–host aspects and the emergence/involvement of new virus strains, as well as new viruses, are welcome to do so.

Prof. Nor Chejanovsky
Guest Editor

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  • Honey bee virus
  • virus strain
  • virus structure
  • metagenomics analysis
  • virus tolerance/resistance
  • pathogen/insecticide–virus synergism/antagonism
  • virus host-range

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Viruses in the Invasive Hornet Vespa velutina
Viruses 2019, 11(11), 1041; https://doi.org/10.3390/v11111041 - 08 Nov 2019
The Asian yellow-legged hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax, a major predator of honeybees, is spreading in Europe in part due to a lack of efficient control methods. In this study, as a first step to identify biological control agents, we characterized viral RNA [...] Read more.
The Asian yellow-legged hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax, a major predator of honeybees, is spreading in Europe in part due to a lack of efficient control methods. In this study, as a first step to identify biological control agents, we characterized viral RNA sequences present in asymptomatic or symptomatic hornets. Among 19 detected viruses, the honey bee virus Deformed wing virus-B was predominant in all the samples, particularly in muscles from the symptomatic hornet, suggesting a putative cause of the deformed wing symptom. Interestingly, two new viruses closely related to Acyrthosiphon pisum virus and Himetobi P virus and viruses typically associated with honey bees, Acute bee paralysis virus and Black queen cell virus, were detected in the brain and muscles, and may correspond to the circulation and possible replication forms of these viruses in the hornet. Aphid lethal paralysis virus, Bee Macula-like virus, and Moku virus, which are known to infect honey bees, were also identified in the gut virus metagenome of hornets. Therefore, our study underlined the urgent need to study the host range of these newly discovered viruses in hornets to determine whether they represent a new threat for honey bees or a hope for the biocontrol of V. velutina. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Honey Bee Virus Research)
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