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Physics and Astrophysics Research Seminar Series

Laboratory testing and parameters involved in the cycle of Varroa destructor, major ectoparasite of the Western honey bee Apis mellifera

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As part of the School of Science and Technology's Physics and Astrophysics Research Seminar Series, Vincent Piou, Centre universitaire de formation et de recherche Jean-François Champollion presents: Laboratory testing and parameters involved in the cycle of Varroa destructor, major ectoparasite of the Western honey bee Apis mellifera.

  • From: Wednesday 18 March 2020, 2 pm
  • To: Wednesday 18 March 2020, 3 pm
  • Location: ERD 168, Erasmus Darwin, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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As part of the School of Science and Technology's Physics and Astrophysics Research Seminar Series, Vincent Piou, Centre universitaire de formation et de recherche Jean-François Champollion presents: Laboratory testing and parameters involved in the cycle of Varroa destructor, major ectoparasite of the Western honey bee Apis mellifera.

Abstract

In a context of biodiversity loss and environmental crisis, one insect in particular has drawn the interest of scientists for years. Because of both its pollinator status and its economic and agricultural importance, the honey bee has been the subject of many studies to try to understand its decline throughout the world. If the pesticides are understandably one of the most studied causes of bee colony weakening, the acarian parasite Varroa destructor is now considered as important. Because V. destructor acts as a vector of many viral diseases, its impact on honey bees is deleterious. The existing treatments against the parasite remain mostly chemical and most have an admitted toxicity towards honey bees. The development of alternative and more specific treatments is thus essential to limit the impact of the parasite. The development of such targeted treatments relies on a deep understanding of V. destructor and of the key parameters involved in its cycle. Thanks to the transfer of this cycle in laboratory conditions, our lab was able to conduct experiments to further understand the factors impacting the parasite, its reproduction and its virulence.s.

This seminar is hosted by Ian Shuttleworth

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Location details

Room/Building:

ERD 168, Erasmus Darwin

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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