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Transcriptomics of early Varroa infection in the Asian honey bee

Author(s):
Jarkko Routtu, Jarkko Routtu , Benjamin H. Conlon , Shishira Devaraju , Axel Brockmann , Robin F.A. Moritz
Institution(s):
Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany; Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany ; Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany ; National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India ; National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India ; Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Varroa destructor reproduces in both worker and drone brood in the European honey bee Apis mellifera causing great damage to an infected colony. However, in the original host the Asian honey bee A. cerana, V. destructor reproduces exclusively in the drone brood. While also infecting the worker brood, no reproduction is observed. This is one of the main causes of stable coexistence of the host and the parasite in this system. We studied the early onset of infection in the freshly capped brood of both workers and drones in the Asian honey bee by using transcriptomics approach.
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