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Behavioral strategies of Apis mellifera and Apis cerana against Varroa jacobsoni

, : Behavioral strategies of Apis mellifera and Apis cerana against Varroa jacobsoni. International Journal of Acarology 19(2): 173-177

The grooming and removal behaviors of Apis cerana and Apis mellifera is reviewed and their function as active mechanisms of resistance against the parasitic mite Varroa jacobsoni is discussed. Both mechanisms and the restricted reproduction of the mite in drone brood cells constitute resistance in A. mellifera. We propose that there are opportunities for selection and breeding of A. mellifera with a higher capability of response to infestation by V. jacobsoni; the grooming and removal behaviors of the bees as defense mechanisms should be considered for genetic improvement.

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DOI: 10.1080/01647959308683977

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