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What has been done in the fight against Varroa destructor: from the past to the present

, , Hidayet Tutun, Sedat Sevin

Abstract: Bees’ are the major pollinators in natural ecosystems and in agricultural production of several crops used for human consumption. However, they are exposed to multiple stressors that are causing a serious decline in their population. We highlight a major one among them, the Varroa destructor mite (Varroa) that causes severe impacts on the health of honey bee colonies, transmitting a variety of viruses that can affect the survival ability of individual bees and entire colonies. Diagnosis and mite control methods have been intensively studied in recent decades, with many studies in different areas of knowledge having been conducted. This overview summarizes these studies with a focus on colony defense systems, biological characteristics of the parasite Varroa, diagnostic methods used to establish the infestation level of colonies, and currently used control methods.
Keywords: bee / survival / colonies / control methods / Varroa destructor / used / destructor mite

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