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Infestation by Pyemotes tritici (Acari, Pyemotidae) causes death of stingless bee colonies (Hymenoptera: Meliponina)

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Author(s):
Menezes, C. [1] ; Coletto-Silva, A. [2] ; Gazeta, G. S. [3] ; Kerr, W. E. [4]
Total Authors: 4
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Filosofia Ciencias & Letras Ribeirao Preto, Dept Biol, BR-14049 Ribeirao Preto - Brazil
[2] Inst Nacl de Pesquisas da Amazonia, Manaus, Amazonas - Brazil
[3] Fiocruz MS, Inst Oswaldo Cruz, Lab Ixodides, Dept Entomol, BR-21045900 Rio De Janeiro - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Uberlandia, Inst Genet & Bioquim, BR-38400 Uberlandia, MG - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Genetics and Molecular Research; v. 8, n. 2, p. 630-634, 2009.
Web of Science Citations: 2
Abstract

We report the infestation of stingless bee nests by the mite Pyemotes tritici, which killed four colonies of Tetragonisca angustula and one colony of Frieseomelitta varia in Brazil. The first infected colony, a colony of T. angustula, came from an area between Uberlandia and Araguari, Minas Gerais. The transfer of the mites to the other colonies occurred through the transfer of infected combs and subsequent manipulations. Other colonies in the same meliponary, which had not been manipulated, were not infected. The infestation was terminated by isolating the dead colonies from the meliponary. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 07/50218-1 - Queen rearing and colony multiplication of stingless bees
Grantee:Cristiano Menezes
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)