is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist

New Virus Invading Honeybees

First find of disease in U.S. honeybees.

Scientists at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Edgewood, Md., working with scientists at the University of Montana and industry partners Bee Alert Technology Inc. and BVS Inc., have discovered a virus in U.S. honeybees that has only previously been identified in European honeybees.

The invading bee virus is called varroa destructor virus-1 (VDV-1). First definitively identified in Europe in 2006, VDV-1 is carried by both honeybees and the tiny varroa mites that affect them. VDV-1 is related to a family of paralytic viruses that causes a breakdown of some membranes.

The virus was discovered using a technology developed for battlefield detection of viruses. This technology, called Integrated Virus Detection System/Proteomic Mass Spectrometry, reveals viruses by size and peptide information contained in a sample and compares that information against known genetic sequences. This approach may provide important clues to scientists around the world in their work to find the cause of colony collapse disorder - a mysterious malady that has caused rapid depopulation of beehives around the globe.

Source: Feedstuffs

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish