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Breeding for resistance to Varroa destructor in North America

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http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/43844
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Abstract:
Breeding for resistance to Varroa destructor in North America provides the long-term solution to the economic troubles the mite brings. This review reports the development of two breeding successes that have produced honey bees of commercial quality that do not require pesticide treatment to control Varroa, highlights other traits that could be combined to increase resistance and examines the potential uses of marker-assisted selection (MAS) for breeding for Varroa resistance. Breeding work continues with these stocks to enhance their commercial utility. This work requires knowledge of the mechanisms of resistance that can be further developed or improved in selected stocks and studied with molecular techniques as a prelude to MAS.
Author(s):
Rinderer, Thomas E. , Harris, Jeffrey W. , Hunt, Gregory J. , de Guzman, Lilia I.
Subject(s):
Apis mellifera , honey bees , pest resistance , resistance mechanisms , insect behavior , insect breeding , marker-assisted selection , molecular genetics , Agricultural Research Service , USDA , Varroa destructor , insect pests , apiculture , literature reviews , North America
Format:
p. 409-424.
Note:
Includes references
Source:
Apidologie 2010 May-June, v. 41, no. 3
Language:
English
Year:
2010
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.