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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Managing Diseases and Pests of Honey Bees to Improve Queen and Colony Health

Location: Bee Research

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)

Single and mixed-species trypanosome and microsporidia infections elicit distinct, ephemeral cellular and humoral immune responses in honey bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Schwarz, R.S., Evans, J.D. 2013. Single and mixed-species trypanosome and microsporidia infections elicit distinct, ephemeral cellular and humoral immune responses in honey bees. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 40:300-310.
The prevalence of parasites and pathogens in Asian honeybees, Apis cerana, in China - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li, J., Qin, H., Wu, J., Sadd, B.M., Wang, X., Evans, J.D., Peng, W., Chen, Y. 2012. The prevalence of parasites and pathogens in Asian honeybees, Apis cerana, in China. PLoS One. 7(11):e47955.
Pathogen webs in collapsing honey bee colonies - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Cornman, R.S., Tarpy, D., Chen, Y., Jeffries, L., Lopez, D.L., Pettis, J.S., Vanengelsdorp, D., Evans, J.D. 2012. Pathogen webs in collapsing honey bee colonies. PLoS Pathogens. 7(8):e43562.
Standard methodologies for virus research in Apis mellifera - (Book / Chapter)
(15-Jun-12)
Standard methodologies for Nosema apis and N. ceranae research - (Book / Chapter)
Ingemar, F., Chauzat, M., Chen, Y., Doublet, V., Genersch, E., Gisder, S., Higes, M., Mcmahon, D.P., Martin-Hernandez, R., Natsopoulou, M.E., Paxton, R.J., Tanner, G., Webster, T.C., Williams, G.R. 2012. Standard methodologies for Nosema apis and N. ceranae research. Journal of Apicultural Research. 52(1):1-28.
Effects of long distance transportation on honey bee physiology - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ahn, K., Xie, X., Pettis, J.S., Huang, Z.Y. 2012. Effects of long distance transportation on honey bee physiology. Psyche. DOI: 10.1155/2012/193029.
American Beekeeping Industry: Past, Present, and Future - (Review Article)
Zhang, X., He, S., Chen, Y. 2012. American Beekeeping Industry: Past, Present, and Future. Apiculture of China. 5:36-40.
A Review of Bee Virology Progress - (Review Article)
Zhang, X., Chen, Y., He, S. 2012. A review of bee virology progress. Chinese Journal of Applied Entomology. 49(5):1095-1116.
Predictive markers of honey bee colony collapse - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dainat, B., Evans, J.D., Chen, Y., Neumann, P. 2012. Predictive markers of honey bee colony collapse. PLoS One. 7(2):e32151.
Pesticide exposure in honey bees results in increased levels of the gut pathogen Nosema - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Pettis, J.S., Vanengelsdorp, D., Johnson, J., Divley, G. 2012. Pesticide exposure in honey bees results in increased levels of the gut pathogen Nosema. Naturwissenschaften. 99:153–158.
Direct effect of acaricides on pathogen loads and gene expression levels of honey bee Apis mellifera - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Boncristiani, H., Underwood, R., Schwarz, R.S., Evans, J.D., Pettis, J.S., Vanengelsdorp, D. 2011. Direct effect of acaricides on pathogen loads and gene expression levels of honey bee Apis mellifera. Journal of Insect Physiology. 58:613-620.
Dead or alive: Deformed Wing Virus and Varroa destructor reduce the life span of winter honey bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dainat, B., Evans, J.D., Chen, Y., Laurent, G., Neumann, P. 2012. Dead or alive: deformed wing virus and Varroa destructor reduce the life span of winter honey bees. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 78(4):981-987.
New evidence that Deformed Wing Virus and Black Queen Cell Virus are Multi-host pathogens - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhang, X., He, S., Evans, J.D., Pettis, J.S., Yin, G., Chen, Y. 2012. New evidence that deformed wing virus and black queen cell virus are multi-host pathogens. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 109(1):156-159.
Viral dynamics of persistent and acute virus infections in honey bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Di Prisco, G., Zhang, X., Pennacchio, F., Caprio, E., Li, J., Evans, J.D., Hoffman, G.D., Hamilton, M.C., Chen, Y. 2011. Viral dynamics of persistent and acute virus infections in honey bees. Viruses. 3:2425-2441.
Bees brought to their knees: Microbes affecting honey bee health - (Review Article)
Evans, J.D., Schwarz, R.S. 2011. Bees brought to their knees: Microbes affecting honey bee health. Trends in Microbiology. 19(12):614-620.
Updated genome assembly and annotation of Paenibacillus larvae, the agent of American foulbrood disease of honey bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chan, Q., Cornman, R.S., Liao, N., Chan, S., Docking, R., Taylor, G., Jones, S., De Graaf, D., Evans, J.D., Foster, L. 2011. Updated genome assembly and annotation of Paenibacillus larvae, the agent of American foulbrood disease of honey bees. Biomed Central (BMC) Genomics. 12:450.
Rna Viruses Infecting Pest Insects - (Book / Chapter)
Chen, Y., Becnel, J.J., Valles, S.M. 2012. RNA Viruses Infecting Pest Insects. In: Vega, F., Kaya, H.K., editors. Insect Pathology. 2nd edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier. p. 133-170.
Virus Chapter: Dicistrovidae - (Book / Chapter)
Chen, Y., Nakashima, N., Christian, P., Bakonyi, T., Bonning, B.C., Valles, S.M., Lightner, D. 2012. Dicistroviridae. In: King, A.M.Q., Adams, M.J., Carstens, E.B., Lefkowitz, E.J., editors. Taxonomy of Viruses. Oxford, England: Elsevier. p. 840-845.
Virus Chapter: Iflaviridae - (Book / Chapter)
Chen, Y., Nakashima, N., Christian, P., Bakonyi, T., Bonning, B.C., Valles, S.M., Lightner, D. 2012. Iflaviridae. In: King, A.M.Q., Adams, M.J., Carstens, E.B., Lefkowitz, E.J., editors. Taxonomy of Viruses. Oxford, England: Elsevier. p. 846-849.
The Bee Disease Diagnostic Service - 100 Years and Growing at the USDA Bee Research laboratory, Beltsville, MD - (Trade Journal)
Smith Jr, I.B., Pettis, J.S. 2011. The bee disease diagnostic service - 100 years and growing at the USDA Bee Research Laboratory, Beltsville, MD. American Bee Journal. 151(8):767-772.
Cross-species infection of Deformed Wing virus poses a new threat to pollinator conservation - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li, J., Peng, W., Wu, J., Strange, J.P., Boncristiani, Jr., H.F., Chen, Y. 2011. Cross-species infection of Deformed Wing virus poses a new threat to pollinator conservation. Journal of Economic Entomology. 104(3):732-739.
The presence of Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus infection in Honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in the U.S. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chen, Y., Evans, J.D., Pettis, J.S. 2011. The presence of chronic bee paralysis virus infection in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in the U.S.. Journal of Apiculture Research. 50:85-86.
Genetic toolkits for bee health - (Review Article)
Evans, J.D. 2011. Genetic toolkits for bee health. American Bee Journal. 151:351-353.
Concurrent infestations by Aethina tumida and Varroa destructor alters thermoregulation in Apis mellifera winter clusters - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Schaefer, M., Ritter, W., Pettis, J.S., Hartel, S., Neumann, P. 2011. Concurrent infestations by Aethina tumida and Varroa destructor alters thermoregulation in Apis mellifera winter clusters. Apidologie. 104(3):476-482.
Effective gene silencing of a microsporidian parasite associated with honey bee (Apis mellifera) colony declines - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Paldi, N., Glick, E., Oliva, M., Zilbeberg, Y., Aubin, L., Pettis, J.S., Chen, Y., Evans, J.D. 2010. Effective gene silencing of a microsporidian parasite associated with honey bee (Apis mellifera) colony declines. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 76:5960-5964.
Secreted and immunogenic proteins produced by the honey bee bacterial pathogen, Paenibacillus larvae - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Antunez, K., Anido, M., Evans, J.D., Zunino, P. 2010. Secreted and immunogenic proteins produced by the honey bee bacterial pathogen, Paenibacillus larvae. Veterinary Microbiology. 141:385-389.
A survey of managed honey bee colony losses in the USA, fall 2009 to winter 2010 - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Vanengelsdorp, D., Hayes, J., Underwood, R.M., Caron, D., Pettis, J.S. 2010. A survey of managed honey bee colony losses in the USA, fall 2009 to winter 2010. Journal of Apicultural Research. 50(1):1-10.
Host Range Expansion of Honey Bee Black Queen Cell Virus in the Bumble Bee, Bombus huntii - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Peng, W., Li, J., Boncristiani Jr, H.F., Strange, J.P., Hamilton, M.C., Chen, Y. 2011. Host range expansion of honey bee black queen cell virus in the bumble bee, bombus huntii. Apidologie. 42:650-658.
Organic acids and thymol: unsuitable alternative control of Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Buchholz, S., Merkel, K., Spiewok, S., Imdorf, A., Pettis, J.S., Westervelt, D., Ritter, W., Duncan, M., Rosenkranz, P., Spooner-Hart, R., Neumann, P. 2010. Organic acids and thymol: Unsuitable alternative control of aethina tumida murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae). Apidologie. 42:349-363.
Genomic survey of the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor, a major pest of the honey bee Apis mellifera - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Cornman, R.S., Schatz, M.C., Johnston, S.J., Chen, Y., Pettis, J.S., Hunt, G., Bourgeois, A.L., Elsik, C., Anderson, D., Grozinger, C.M., Evans, J.D. 2010. Genomic survey of the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor, a major pest of the honey bee Apis mellifera. Biomed Central (BMC) Genomics. 11:602.
Sampling and RNA quality for successful diagnostics using quantitative PCR - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dainat, B., Evans, J.D., Chen, Y., Neumann, P. 2011. Sampling and RNA quality for successful diagnostics using quantitative PCR. Journal of Pest Science. 174:150-152.
Pesticides and honey bee health: High levels of Acaricides and crop protection chemicals in U.S. apiaires - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Mullin, C., Frazier, M., Frazier, J.L., Ashcraft, S., Simonds, R., Vanengelsdorp, D., Pettis, J.S. 2010. Pesticides and honey bee health: High levels of Acaricides and crop protection chemicals in U.S. apiaires. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 5(3):e9754.
Varroa destructor, a potential vector of Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus in honey bees, Apis mellifera - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Diprisco, G., Pennacchio, F., Caprio, E., Boncristiani Jr, H.F., Evans, J.D., Chen, Y. 2010. Varroa destructor, a potential vector of Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus in honey bees, Apis mellifera. Journal of General Virology. 92:151-155.
Chasing your honey: Worldwide diaspora of the small hive beetle, a parasite of honey bee colonies - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lounsberry, Z.T., Spiewok, S., Pernal, S., Sonstegard, T.S., Hood, M.W., Pettis, J.S., Neumann, P., Evans, J.D. 2010. Chasing your honey: Worldwide diaspora of the small hive beetle, a parasite of honey bee colonies. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 104:671-677.
Coordinated responses to honey bee decline in the USA - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Pettis, J.S., Delaplane, K. 2010. Coordinated responses to honey bee decline in the USA. Journal of Economic Entomology. 41:256-263.
Nosema ceranae, a newly identified pathogen of Apis mellifera in the U.S. and Asia - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chen, Y., Huang, Z.Y. 2010. Nosema ceranae, a newly identified pathogen of Apis mellifera in the U.S. and Asia. Apidologie. 41:364-374.
Scientific note on mass collection and hatching of honey bee embryos - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Evans, J.D., Boncristiani Jr., H.F., Chen, Y. 2010. Scientific note on mass collection and hatching of honey bee embryos. Apidologie. 41:654-656.
Molecular approaches to the Analysis of Virus Replication and Pathogenesis in Honey Bees, Apis mellifera - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Boncristiani Jr, H.F., Diprisco, G., Pettis, J.S., Hamilton, M.C., Chen, Y. 2009. Molecular approaches to the Analysis of Virus Replication and Pathogenesis in Honey Bees, Apis mellifera. Journal of Virological Methods. 6:221.
First analysis of risk factors associated with bee colony collapse disorder by classification and regression trees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Vanengelsdorp, D., Speybroeck, N., Evans, J.D., Nguyen, B., Mullin, C., Frazier, M., Frazier, J., Cox-Foster, D., Chen, Y., Tarpy, D., Haubruge, E., Pettis, J.S., Saegerman, C. 2010. First analysis of risk factors associated with bee colony collapse disorder by classification and regression trees. Journal of Economic Entomology. 103:1517-1523.
Immunity and defense in pea aphids, Acyrthosiphon pisum - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gerardo, N.M., Altincicek, B., Anselme, C., Atamian, H., Barribeau, S.M., De Vos, M., Duncan, E.J., Evans, J.D., Gabaldon, T., Ghanim, M., Heddi, A., Kaloshian, I., Latorre, A., Monegat, C., Moya, A., Nakabachi, A., Parker, B.J., Perez-Brocal, V., Pignatelli, M., Rahbe, Y., Ramsey, J., Spragg, C., Tamames, J., Tamarit, D., Tamborindeguy, C., Vilcinskas, A. 2010. Immunity and defense in pea aphids, Acyrthosiphon pisum. Genome Biology. 11:R21.
Reviewing colony losses and Colony Collapse Disorder in the United States - (Review Article)
Ellis, J., Evans, J.D., Pettis, J.S. 2009. Reviewing colony losses and Colony Collapse Disorder in the United States. Journal of Apicultural Research. 49:134-136.
Functional and evolutionary insights from the genomes of three parasitoid nasonia species - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Werren, J.H., Richards, S., Desjardins, C.A., Niehuis, O., Gadau, J., Colbourne, J.K., Elsik, C.G., Murphy, T., Worley, K.C., Zdobnov, E.M., Evans, J.D., Dang, P.M., Hunter, W.B. 2010. Functional and evolutionary insights from the genomes of three parasitoid nasonia species. Science Magazine. 327:343-348.
A Scientific note on Varroa mites found in East Africa; Threat or Opportunity - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Frazier, M., Muli, E., Conklin, T., Schmehl, D., Torto, B., Frazier, J., Tumlinson, J., Evans, J.D., Raina, S. 2010. A Scientific note on Varroa mites found in East Africa; Threat or Opportunity. Apidologie. 41:463-465.
Winter losses of honeybee colonies (Apis mellifera): The role of infestations with Aethina tumida and Varroa destructor - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Schafer, M.O., Ritter, W., Pettis, J.S., Neumann, P. 2009. Winter losses of honeybee colonies (Apis mellifera): The role of infestations with Aethina tumida and Varroa destructor. Journal of Economic Entomology. 103:10-16.
Characterization of secreted proteases of Paenibacillus larvae, potential virulence factors in honeybee larval infection - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Antunez, K., Anido, M., Schlapp, G., Evans, J.D., Zunino, P. 2009. Characterization of secreted proteases of Paenibacillus larvae, potential virulence factors in honeybee larval infection. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 102(2):129-132.
Socialized Medicine: Individual and communal disease barriers in honey bees - (Review Article)
Evans, J.D., Spivak, M. 2009. Socialized Medicine: Individual and communal disease barriers in honey bees. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 103:562-572.
Changes in Gene Expression Relating to Colony Collapse Disorder in honey bees, Apis mellifera - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Johnson, R., Evans, J.D., Robinson, G., Berenbaum, M. 2009. Changes in Gene Expression Relating to Colony Collapse Disorder in honey bees, Apis mellifera. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106(35):14790-14795.
Resin collection and social immunity in honey bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Simone, M., Evans, J.D., Spivak, M. 2009. Resin collection and social immunity in honey bees. Evolution. 63:3016-3022.
Rapid evolution of immune proteins in social insects - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Viljakainen, L., Evans, J.D., Hasslemann, M., Rueppel, O., Tingek, S., Pamilo, P. 2009. Rapid evolution of immune proteins in social insects. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 26:1791-1801.
Honey bee disease overview - (Review Article)
Genersch, E., Evans, J.D., Fries, I. 2009. Honey bee disease overview. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 103:S2-S4.
Host-parasite interactions: Resist or tolerate but never stop running - (Review Article)
Evans, J.D. 2009. Host-parasite interactions: Resist or tolerate but never stop running. Review Article. 5(6)721-722.
Bee cups: Single-use cages for honey bee experiments - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Evans, J.D., Chen, Y., Diprisco, G., Pettis, J.S., Williams, V.P. 2009. Bee cups: Single-use cages for honey bee experiments. Journal of Apicultural Research. 48(4):300-302.
Virus and viral diseases of the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera - (Book / Chapter)
(01-Jun-09)
Honeybee Sacbrood virus infects adult small hive beetles, Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Eyer, M., Chen, Y., Schaefer, M., Pettis, J.S., Neumann, P. 2009. Honeybee Sacbrood virus infects adult small hive beetles, Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae). Journal of Apicultural Research. 48(4):296-297.
Entombed pollen: A new condition in honey bee colonies associated with increased risk of colony mortality - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Vanengelsdorp, D., Evans, J.D., Donovall, L., Mullin, C., Frazier, M., Frazier, J., Pettis, J.S., Hayes, J. 2009. Entombed pollen: A new condition in honey bee colonies associated with increased risk of colony mortality. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 101:147-149.
Genomic analyses of the microsporidian Nosema ceranae, an emergent pathogen of honey bees.     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Cornman, R.S., Chen, Y., Schatz, M., Street, C., Zhao, Y., Desany, B., Egholm, M., Hutchison, S., Pettis, J.S., Lipkin, W.I., Evans, J.D. 2009. Genomic analyses of the microsporidian Nosema ceranae, an emergent pathogen of honey bees. PLoS Pathogens. 5(6):e1000466.
Effects of organic acid treatments on small hive beetles, Aethina tumida, and the associated yeast Kodamaea ohmeri. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Schaefer, M., Ritter, W., Pettis, J.S., Teal, P.E., Neumann, P. 2009. Effects of organic acid treatments on small hive beetles, Aethina tumida, and the associated yeast Kodamaea ohmeri. Journal of Pest Science. 82:283-287.
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