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Screening and microsatellite data for Varroa infesting resistant honey bee pupae

Citation

Conlon, Benjamin et al. (2020), Screening and microsatellite data for Varroa infesting resistant honey bee pupae, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.15dv41ntz

Abstract

We investigated how the evolution of host resistance could affect the infesting population of Varroa mites. We screened a Varroa-resistant honey bee population near Toulouse, France, for a Varroa resistance trait: the inhibition of Varroa's reproduction in drone pupae. We then genotyped Varroa which had co-infested a cell using microsatellites. Across all resistant honey bee colonies, Varroa's reproductive success was significantly higher in co-infested cells but the distribution of Varroa between singly and multiply infested cells was not different from random. While there was a trend for increased reproductive success when Varroa of differing haplotypes co-infested a cell, this was not significant. This dataset may be useful to anybody interested in the evolution of host-resistance on the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. There were no legal or ethical considerations associated with this study.

Funding

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Award: RO 5121/1-1