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Effects of thymol on European honey bee hygienic behaviour


Colin, T and Lim, MY and Quarrell, SR and Allen, GR and Barron, AB, Effects of thymol on European honey bee hygienic behaviour, Apidologie, 50 pp. 141-152. ISSN 0044-8435 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s13592-018-0625-8


The parasitic mite Varroa destructor is a major threat to the European honey bee Apis mellifera. Beekeepers apply the miticide thymol directly within the hives to kill this parasitic mite. Thymol is repellent to bees and causes them to ventilate the hive, yet its impact on bee hygienic behaviours that prevent the spread of diseases has never been studied. We measured the efficiency of colonies at removing dead adult bees, uncapping dead pupal cells and removing dead brood in two miticide-free Australian environments where the mite is absent. Thymol increased the uncapping and removal of dead brood by 24 to 36% after 48 h at both locations but had no effect on the removal of dead adult bees. The increased removal of brood could enhance the effect of thymol on V. destructor, especially if bees preferentially remove cells infected with the mite.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:miticide, Apis mellifera, undertaking, acaricide, thymol
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Animal production
Research Field:Animal protection (incl. pests and pathogens)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock raising
Objective Field:Livestock raising not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lim, MY (Mr Mengyong Lim)
UTAS Author:Quarrell, SR (Dr Stephen Quarrell)
UTAS Author:Allen, GR (Associate Professor Geoff Allen)
ID Code:130967
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2019-02-22
Last Modified:2020-04-02

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