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Title: The health status of Irish honeybee colonies in 2006
Authors: Coffey, M. F.
Barth, Susanne
Hayes, K.
Breen, James
Keywords: Acarapis woodi
Apis mellifera
Braula coeca
honeybee viruses
Nosema spp.
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority), Ireland
Citation: M.F. Coffey, S. Barth, K. Hayes and J. Breen. The health status of Irish honeybee colonies in 2006. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 2013, 52, 39–51
Series/Report no.: Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research;vol 52
Abstract: This study assessed the health status of Irish honeybee colonies and provides a snapshot of the incidence of a number of important colony parasites/pathogens including: the mite Varroa destructor; three associated viruses (deformed wing virus (DWV), acute bee paralysis virus (ABPV) and Kashmir virus (KBV)); the tracheal mite Acarapis woodi; the microsporidian Nosema spp., and the insect Braula coeca. During June/July 2006, 135 samples of adult bees were collected from productive colonies throughout Ireland and standard techniques were used to determine the presence and absence of the parasites and pathogens. Varroa destructor was positively identified in 72.6% of the samples and was widely distributed. Although the samples were analysed for three viruses, DWV, ABPV and KBV, only DWV was detected (frequency = 12.5%). Acarapis woodi and Nosema spp. occurred in approximately 11% and 22% of the samples, respectively, while B. coeca, a wingless dipteran that was once common in Irish honeybee colonies, was very rare (3.7%). Samples where all the pathogens/parasites were jointly absent were statistically under-represented in Leinster and DWV was statistically over-represented in Munster. In Ulster, there was over-representation of the categories where all parasites/pathogens were jointly absent and for A. woodi, and underrepresentation of V. destructor.
Description: peer-reviewed
The project was funded by EU FEOGA and the National Apiculture Programme 2007–2010 of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/449
ISSN: 0791-6833
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IJAFR, volume 52, no1, 2013

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